Microsoft has began rolling out customized backgrounds for Skype, however the brand new function is just accessible within the desktop shopper and never within the devoted Windows 10 app.

In different phrases, the customized backgrounds can be found for Linux, Mac, and Windows, however solely when the desktop shopper is used (Win32 for Windows customers). The devoted Windows 10 model of Skype, which could be downloaded from the Microsoft Store, already options blurred backgrounds, however is but to be up to date with at present’s new function.

Currently rolling out to customers worldwide

Custom backgrounds land in Skype with the discharge of model 8.59.0.77 and are progressively rolling out to customers worldwide.

It goes with out saying that that is fairly a welcome function, particularly given the present context when all people is working remotely. And in fact, the concept isn’t new, as so many different video calling apps already boast customized backgrounds, however it’s most likely higher late than by no means for Skype customers.

Enabling a customized background for Skype video calls could be finished throughout a name by hovering the video button or clicking the three-dot menu to entry the menu. Click the choice that reads “Choose background impact” after which customise the background both with a blur impact or utilizing your personal picture.

Today’s new replace additionally contains extra sharing enhancements, because the desktop shopper now permits customers to share information instantly from their Macs to contacts utilizing Skype. This is a welcome enchancment for Mac customers and resides proof that Microsoft desires to make Skype a greater collaboration device not solely on Windows, but additionally on rival platforms.

And in fact, there are a number of bug fixes and optimizations underneath the hood, so total, Skype ought to run a bit smoother after putting in this new model, whatever the working system you’re at the moment utilizing.