Skype can now translate between languages in real time
The popular voice and chat messaging application Skype has gotten a major new function – the software, now owned by Microsoft, can now translate between languages in real time!
The new functionality is the result of years of work and research by both Microsoft and Skype. Called Skype Translator the function now makes it possible for English and Spanish speakers to communicate in their native language without the need to learn Spanish or English. We have to say that Skype Translator is still a preview version and that’s why it only supports two languages as of now but the number is expected to grow in the near future. German seems to be the third language to be added to the software as an earlier version of Skype Translator supported both English and German but support for the latter language was later dropped in order to better serve customers in the United States, where Spanish is the second most-spoken language after English.
There’s no need to describe what happens inside the software so we will make it easy on you by saying that when you use the new Skype Translator function you will provide voice input that will then be converted into text and/or translated audio. So an English speaker will hear a translation from a Spanish speaker, and vice versa. In case you prefer to chat Skype Translator has you covered too – when it comes to instant messaging the software supports 40 languages.
Interested? Then you have to go to Microsoft’s web site and request an invitation here. After that use the registration code STVER4230 to get access to the preview version of Skype Translator. One more thing – you must be running Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or a preview copy of Windows 10 in order to enjoy the new software.