Skype now offers real time voice translations for all users on Windows.
Last week, Microsoft rolled out Skype Translator which is capable of translating English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish from one to another during video calls to your Skype contacts.
Sadly there is no real time translator for Thai just yet, although Skype does offer text translation of its instant message which is available in over 50 languages, including Thai.
“Skype Translator is reaching a milestone moment by completing roll out to all Skype for Windows customers!,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
“This takes Skype one step closer to our mission of empowering people to do more, even across languages,” the company added.
Skype said that French to English is the most popular language pair and that the number of calls per day has increased 400% since its launch.
Initially, Skype Translator is only available to users on Windows but Microsoft plans to roll the service out on other platforms in the not too distant future. Additional languages are also due to be added to both the voice and text translation services.
To begin using Skype Translator you need to have the latest version of Skype installed on your Windows device. You then need to select your contact.
At this point you should see see a globe icon at the right hand side of the screen. Next, select your contact’s current language and begin your call.
It is estimated Skype now has more than 300 million users worldwide.
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