Skype has recently started to roll out a new tool for all Windows users. This time it is a translator tool and it will be accessible from the program’s main window.
So far, Skype Translator only has six language packs: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Mandarin. However, the update comes with 50 text languages that will be built in the Skype for Windows application. The new function can be activated from a new translator button, which will make it easier for people belonging to different countries to carry a conversation.
The Skype Translator app for Windows was until recently in beta stage. The company announced last summer that they would soon look ways to integrate a translation technology that would be able to allow real-time messaging. Skype has finally released the translation tool.
People are surprised that the Microsoft-owned company decided to integrate the app in the Skype app instead of releasing it separately as a stand-alone tool. If we take into account that the app is still a new technology, that means the company is probably more than proud of it.
The team at Skype explained that a real-time translation technology has been a long dream of the company and that breaking down the barriers of language is something they tried to achieve for a very long time. Engineers, programmers, and researchers from Microsoft worked hard in order to meet their goal of bringing people together over the Internet, and this new update represents just that missing stepping stone to achieve that.
Currently, the company is rolling out the technology on more and more devices. So far, Skype Translator has been received positively. The function was only introduced for the Windows application but the company may bring it to their Android app as well.
It is not clear whether the Skype Translator will be introduced in other Skype desktop apps for operating systems like Mac or Linux. However, the company would probably bring their new tool to more popular platforms such as those used by mobiles, Android, iOS, and Windows phone. But we do not expect that to happen anytime too soon.
The real-time translating app boasts with an artificial intelligence that allows it to develop and learn more about each language as they are used by the users. The company declares that early beta users already helped the app improve a lot in a couple of months.
Skype Translator will be available free of charge to all Windows (7,8, and 10) users.
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