Skype Translator for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 is now available for download
Microsoft owned VOIP service, Skype has announced that its translation feature is now available for everyone.
Skype Translator, was originally launched in December 2014, in a preview phase.
It was only available to users, through a registration process. Skype Translator isn’t just a text translating service, it is a realtime spoken language translation service too. This will allow users who do not speak the same language to talk to each other in their native language, and the app will translate it into the language chosen by the user at the other end. And what they speak to you is automatically translated into your language of choice. Additionally, the app also displays an on-screen transcript of your call in its UI.
You don’t need to be on a video call for the translation to work. It also works for regular voice calls too.
The same applies to text messages in Instant Messaging too. Skype Translator automatically translates the text to the user’s language as soon as the message is sent. It achieves this through speech recognition, automatic translation and machine learning technologies.
Initially the Skype Translator, supported just two spoken languages, Spanish and English, and around 40 instant messaging languages, when it was launched.
And now Skype has announced that it has removed the sign-up requirement, to make Skype Translator available for download for all users.
Skype Translator now supports two more spoken languages: Italian and Mandarin, taking the total number of supported spoken languages to four. it also now supports over 50 Instant Messaging languages. Skype says that support more languages is in the works.
Two Microsoft employees demoed a live Skype Translator translation at the Microsoft Global Energy Forum 2015, in April. One of them spoke Spanish, while the other spoke English. You can view the recording of the Skype Translator call on YouTube:
Skype Translator for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:
The Skype Translator app is available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 PCs and Tablets. The app is just 14 MB to download. The only issue is, that the Skype Translator preview app is only available through the Windows Store. And, you will have to uninstall the regular Skype app too, because Skype Translator is a full replacement for the old app, with all of its features.
Note: Since this is still in a testing phase, it has the Preview tag in the name.
It appears that Microsoft is taking Skype to extraordinary levels, with the addition of this fantastic live translator. Skype was recently in the news, because UK broadcaster Sky, thinks Skype sounds too similar to its name, and the logos of the two services looks identical.