Skype Windows Now Translates Native Languages In Real Time

Skype Windows from Microsoft is the first version of it’s market leading Voip application to roll out with the highly anticipated new real-time translation feature Skype Translator.  This is currently a preview release, testing a Spanish-English version within its Skype messaging service.

This preview version of Skype Translator works only on Windows 8.1 and can translates English or Spanish speech into text and then into audio, meaning the app will translate a Spanish person’s speech into English, and vice versa.

Microsoft’s Gurdeep Pall announced, “Today, we are excited to announce the first phase of the Skype Translator preview program. The preview program will kick off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English… Skype Translator will open up endless possibilities for people around the world to connect, communicate and collaborate; people will no longer be hindered by geography and language.”

The first Skype Translator trial was between school children in Mexico City and  a school in Tacoma, Washington. “One classroom of children speaking Spanish and the other speaking English, Skype Translator removed this language barrier and enabled them to communicate,” Pall said.

“Skype Translator relies on machine learning, which means that the more the technology is used, the smarter it gets. We are starting with English and Spanish, and as more people use the Skype Translator preview with these languages, the quality will continually improve.”

Microsoft announced in May what it called a breakthrough in real-time voice translation, saying it fulfills the vision of the “universal translator” that appears in the famous Star Trek science fiction series.

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