Microsoft’s Translator Tech Begins Its Skype for Windows Rollout

Users of the Skype desktop client for Windows will soon get new real-time voice translation options.

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Skype Translator, Microsoft’s real-time voice translation technology, is being integrated into the Skype for Windows client, the software giant announced today. First unveiled last year during a technology demo and released in December as a preview app, Skype Translator enables users to participate in voice-, video- or text-based conversations with speakers of other languages. Skype Translator is powered by Microsoft’s cloud and machine-learning technology based on the software giant’s neural net research.  The software employs automatic speech recognition, speech correction, language translation and text-to-speech to generate spoken and/or text translations on the fly. Currently, Skype Translator supports six voice languages, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. On the messaging front, the technology supports 50 languages.   In a FAQ, Microsoft boasts that Skype Translator covers “more than 95 percent of the languages that cover more than 95 percent of worldwide gross domestic product (GDP).” Fans of the Star Trek TV shows and feature films can also try their hands at Klingon.

“This opens up a whole new world of possibilities to do even more together across not only distances, but also languages.”

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