Skype now allows real-time voice, text translation

Skype Translator

Skype has now rolled out its Translator tool to all Windows desktop users, allowing people to convert languages in real-time. The feature has been in incubation since December 2014, with Microsoft announcing in June 2015 that it would integrate the function into the PC app.

Skype Translator allows people to transform voice-to-voice conversations in 7 languages namely Spanish, English, German, Chinese Mandarin, Portuguese, Italian and French. Text-based chats can be converted into over 50 languages such as Arabic, Urdu, Korean, Russian and Hindi.

In a blog post, Skype went on to detail some information about the way the tool has been used since it was launched in preview a year ago. For instance, the most popular language pair is French to English. Additionally, Germany to Ghana stands apart as the busiest international Translator calling corridor.

Skype also claims the number of calls placed through Translator on a daily basis has risen by 400% since its beta release. The feature initially began as a partnership with Microsoft Translator. The company uses machine learning to power the conversions. The brand also asserts its abilities become better over time during the testing period as more individuals started using it.

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Skype Translator is present in the form of a globe icon on the top right-hand side corner of the Windows desktop app. People will need to update to the newest version of the application to begin utilizing it. The firm has only announced the tool for Windows as of now. It’s currently working on adding more languages and bringing the feature to other platforms in the future.

You can download the latest version of Skype for Windows here.