Tired of using Google Translate to talk to the nice guy you met on the internet whose language you don’t know? The answer to your problems might reside in Skype from now on. That’s right, Skype translator is making a stand, having been available for preview since last December on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well.
We will be honest: Skype is not a total game breaker and it is not thousands of miles away from any translating service available on the internet, but progress has shown that it has come very close to helping people across the world understand themselves better than they ever have. And as a bonus, the Skype app is now available on Windows desktops as of now.
On the spot translation is officially working in sex languages with very high frequency: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin. Any two speakers that find themselves within this “language area” can freely communicate on Skype. What is also fantastic is that the translator can also make another 50 languages more accessible through its instant text messaging system.
Microsoft is not quick with releasing the translator, but it appears that it is going to roll out in the weeks to follow. So if you really want the translator badly, you will have to be willing to wait for a little while longer. The desktop software is, of course, the first which will benefit from the Skype translator, but the Android, iOS and Mac are also targeted in this release.
The Skype Translator’s leader, Lilian Rincon, was kind enough to give some information about the software, its challenges and its goals. Rincon admitted that it took decades to develop the translator and that it is one of Microsoft Research’s “hero projects”. She also declared that all software is Microsoft property, not third parties were included. So we have to make sure we thank Microsoft once the program is up and running.
Rincon also mentioned that the translator is “in preview” as Microsoft is realistic and does not expect the product to be 100% accurate, but it will grow over time, as more and more users start experiencing the feature. We can also expect that it will have a “how would you improve this” section that will ensure the program’s evolution.
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