Skype Real Time Translator
Since its introduction Skype has revolutionized the way we communicate. This is an app which allows users to communicate across thousands of miles at free of cost. Most used features in Skype is free to use. Skype is heavily used by school students to communicate with teachers, listening to classroom lectures. And on 15th December 2014 Skype has announced an upgrade of real time translation for its users. No longer will we be “hindered by geography and language,” as Microsoft believes we’ve opened a new page in the future of communication.
“Today, we are excited to announce the first phase of the Skype Translator preview program,” Gurdeep Pall, who works on the app, said, presenting the new feature on Big Blog on Monday.
It took more than a decade of app development to develop the feature of real time translation of speech. The app has been developed by both Microsoft and Skype team.
The app can translate speech in real time for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users for conversation made in English and Spanish. The software can translate spoken audio into a robot-voice, so the two people talking hear robot-voice translations in their own language. The translator also provides a bilingual text transcript of the entire conversation. Even though the live audio is currently limited to Spanish and English only, more languages are on the way. However more than 40 languages are supported in the text chat portion of Skype enabling users to chat with each other in different language.
Skype has a public signup page for those who want an invite to the Translator Preview which is currently only supported for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview. After requesting an invite, Skype sends and email stating that “participation in the preview will be confirmed depending on: the date you registered; the devices you selected; the availability of selected languages; and registration code (if you have one).”
Skype real time translation is a ground breaking development in how the world communicates with each other. With this the language barrier may soon be removed. Skype already has 300 million active monthly users around the world, who might find this a new opportunity to conduct business meetings. This may also force Google to add similar feature in Hangout, Apple to FaceTime. However Microsoft has taken a giant leap forward with this technology compared to other.