SKYPE new feature: Blur my background

 

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    Animated image of a background being blurred in Skype.

    Ah, the foibles of working from home.

    That Skype call is about to start and you’ve got wet laundry and dirty dishes all over the place.

    Worried about what your VC attendees are going to see? Worry no more:

    Skype now offers a BLUR MY BACKGROUND. This option, similar to one present in MS Teams, uses heuristics (aka, technomagic) to discern foreground from background then applies a flattering blur similar to the one that Cybil Shepherd’s Maddie Hayes character was often filmed with.

    Next up on the R&D drawing boards:

    • Add Pants Filter (for those moments when you prematurely stand up)
    • Hide my wife and kids, for this guy

    Cheers!

    quincy

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Windows Emoji Keyboard

In this, my last post honoring World Emoji Day (promise), I showcase the emojis available with Windows Touch Keyboard.

In addition to the new emojis in GMail, and the hidden emojis in Skype, did you know that you can access emojis using Windows’ on-screen keyboard?

The on-screen keyboard (aka, Touch Keyboard), available to Windows desktop since versions 8, includes emoji characters similar to those used on iPhones and iPads.

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Accessing Emojis Using Windows Touch Keyboard

  1. In Desktop mode, RIGHT+CLICK on the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select Touch Keyboard. The Touch Keyboard icon TouchKeyboard Icon. now appears on the Taskbar.
  2. Click (or tap, if using a tablet) the Touch Keyboard icon to display an onscreen keyboard.
  3. Click the emoji key Emoji button_66 to display emojis.
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  4. Click the desired emoji. That emoji is inserted at the current cursor position.

Press ‘X‘ to close the Touch Keyboard when done.

Cheers!

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Skype’s Hidden Emojis

This month we celebrate World Emoji Day (seriously, it’s a thing) . Last post I showcased GMail’s new emojis. Now I highlight Skype‘s emoji offerings.

Disney/Pixar Emoji’s

What better way to share you emotions than with the eponymous animated character from the movie Inside Out

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Hidden Skype Emoji’s (shhhh…)

Although these emojis don’t appear on the menu they are available by entering the secret code (in parentheses)

For example, type (gift) into the SMS field (include the parentheses) and press the Send Send

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Voila, an animated present.

Here are few others (for the full list visit Skype’s FAQ support page)

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(gottarun) (poolparty) (stop) (holdon) (confidential)

Cheers!

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