In the last few years, Skype gained a bigger territory in the virtual world and started to be used on a daily basis, gathering 3 billion calls each day.
Now, the Skype team is making an improvement by launching a new feature meant to eliminate the language barriers between people.
The Skype translator works for six languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. While the speakers are engaged in the conversation, Skype provides a real time translation. That’s pretty cool, right?
The service will provide translations for another 50 languages.
The service, provided by Microsoft Translator, is based on natural language processing and on speech identification. Although it was launched now, the feature existed in a preview mode since last year and was available only for English and Spanish.
Those who used Skype Translator were a PhD student who completed his thesis by receiving a helping hand from experts belonging to different countries, a man who tried to bring together donors all over the world and a small company’s manager who communicated with his workers via Skype. All those helped this new feature improve a lot, as Skype declares.
The new Skype can be downloaded from www.skype.com and is available for Windows 7, 8 and 10. Its use is quite simple. When wanting to call a person, you just have to click the globe icon and to choose the language you need.
However, Skype may encounter some difficulties in translating names of uncommon towns or proper names.
For the moment, this new feature is available only for Desktop. The team didn’t mention if this application would be available for other platforms, such as Android, iOS, Mac or Linux.
“While we think that you’ll be impressed by what you see, it’s important to note that the translator function in Skype for Desktop is just the next step in a continuing journey…,” claimed Microsoft in a post.
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