Skype real-time language translator coming to your device late this year

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Imagine a phone conversation between two callers who speakers two different languages, yet can understand each other while still speaking in their native languages — all without a language translator (at least a human one)?

Well, this capability might hit your device later this year if it has Skype according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. On the Code Conference stage in California, the Microsoft CEO announced the voice translation feature after demoing German speaker speaking to an English speaker. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition.

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Skype, a division of Microsoft currently has more than 300 million connected users each month, and more than 2 billion minutes of conversation a day! The service is installed in PCs, smartphones, tablets and even smart TVs connecting millions of users across the globe — for FREE. 

According to this Microsoft blog post, the feature will help bridge language barriers across geographies; “language barriers have been a blocker to productivity and human connection; Skype Translator helps us overcome this barrier.”

The Skype translator will be available as a  “beta” Windows 8 App first before rolling out to other platforms.

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  • Jemimah

    This is great. My friend Wanjiku and I once talked about the possibility of not having to learn a second and third language. Just have a device that translates for us in real time, o see this happening sooner than we thought

    • Gitonga Wanjiku

      I can’t believe it, its happening…..am waiting for it as an app where you use your phone and mic and ear buds…..it will or its amazing

      • Jemimah

        yeah that is coming up next, am also buying it when it does to understand quebecois french, german and spanish