Skype has begun testing an application for interpretation of voice calls [video]




Skype has launched a test version of Skype Translator – an application for automatic speech translation into other languages ​​during voice calls. The tool uses machine learning and created a division of Microsoft Research.


A preliminary version of Skype Translator provides interpretation speech during voice calls while only between two languages ​​- Spanish and English. In addition, Skype users will be available translation Instant Messaging on more than 40 languages. To test the function of right now, you need to register on the site and choose Skype Translator for registration Spanish. A test version of the application only runs on Windows 8.1 and preview copies of Windows 10.

On the home page of the test version of the service Russian Set among the 12 languages ​​in which the user can express interest. Among other languages ​​- Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Accordingly, the remaining 10 languages ​​in addition to English and Spanish – the most likely candidates for the following support for Skype Translator.

Skype Translator uses speech recognition technology, machine translation and machine learning. That is, the larger the service will be used, the more correct it will work. According to the developers, long-term goal Skype – to provide simultaneous translation of speech and information in the maximum possible number of languages ​​and platforms.

Already tested in real conditions. Two schools – one in Mexico and one in the United States – to try to play the game-guessing game, and the first school children to speak Spanish, and the other – in English. Skype has removed the language barrier and allowed the children to communicate without knowing each other’s language.

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