Microsoft releases test version of Skype Translator to translate in real time




Microsoft on Monday released a test version of Skype Translator, a tool for real-time translation of video calls. The company is doing this after the last month formally began the preview program.

That made ​​the US software company known for its Skype blog. For now the tool will support only spoken English and Spanish, but Microsoft promises that more languages ​​will follow. In addition, Skype Translator also handle written more than forty languages.

Microsoft announced Skype Translator in May this year. At the time, the US company in a demonstration already showed how two people spoke to each other in German and English. The software translated the ‘heard’ words into another language to express that in turn. A month ago, started Microsoft with a closed preview program.

Recently, Microsoft introduced a self-proclaimed successful experiment at two schools: one in the United States and one in Mexico. At these schools the students speak English and Spanish, respectively. The American company then let them talk to each other without the students knew who they were talking and where their partner came from.

Skype Translator works with machine learning, which means that the program uses the spoken and written input from its users a better language to ‘get’. Microsoft also said that the support of spoken English and Spanish improves as applied frequently. The company is still looking out which languages ​​will support it soon. Microsoft urged users not in order to express their requirements.

Incidentally, not just anyone can use Skype Translator. For now, the tool only works on a device running Windows 8.1. However, Microsoft says that “as many” languages ​​will follow and that this in ‘wherever possible’ platforms can in the future. If this should happen, is just not clear. It is a long-term plan.

Skype Translator is Microsoft’s latest attempt to break through real-time translation. For years, companies try to book success with similar systems. As Cisco did all tests during a videoconference and worked on a feature Google calls translating real time.

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