25 Feb 2019, 20:29

How To Take A Skype Call When Your Office Is A Mess

Have you ever taken a Skype call at home or the office and been absolutely mortified, knowing that your backdrop is nothing but a complete and utter mess?

It can be really embarrassing (not to mention unprofessional-looking) if your Skype call reveals tatty 70’s décor, dead plants, dirty office walls, streaky windows - or just general untidiness right over your shoulder. Especially if you are on a group video chat or conference call.

Thankfully, that situation could now be a thing of the past since Skype have just introduced a brand new feature which can put a blissful blur on your blemished backdrop.

Earlier this month, Skype flipped the switch on their new ‘Background Blur’ facility after testing it out earlier in Microsoft Teams.

Basically, the background blur setting creates a fuzz on everything behind you and puts you squarely in the picture as the main attraction.

As well as covering up untidy offices, Skype suggests that Background Blur can also avoid other toe-curling workplace situations - like your stalling business plan being in open view on the whiteboard behind you, while you are painting a much more rosy picture of the future to potential investors on the call.

Turning on Background Blur in Skype is as easy as hovering over the circular video button and then toggling the option. It can also be enabled via a right click on the screen or turned on in your default Skype settings.

Of course, you will obviously need to update your version of Skype to the latest version to get access to this latest in-call feature.

Explaining how the new feature works in a blogpost on the official Microsoft Skype blog on February 6th 2019, Skype said:

“Background blur in Skype and Teams uses artificial intelligence (AI) - trained in human form detection - to keep you in focus during your call. This technology is also trained to detect your hair, hands, and arms, making a call with background blur just as relaxed and easy as a regular video call.”

However, there are a couple of words of caution which could spare you some blushes. Although Skype says they will ‘do their best’ to ensure that your background is blurred, they admit that they ‘cannot guarantee’ that it always will be.

Also, at the time of writing, the background blur option is only available on Skype for desktop and laptop, so don’t go waving your smartphone around the office when you are on a Skype call just yet!

And, of course, the tried and tested solution to never having to feel embarrassed about taking a Skype call in the office is to never have an unclean, untidy office in the first place.

Let us give your office a regular clean so you can pick up every single Skype call with the complete confidence that your background doesn’t need to be a blur. Get in touch today for a quote.