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Windows giant Microsoft, which owns the popular VoIP platform Skype, on Monday announced it’s started taking sign-ups for an early preview of Skype Translator, an awesome real-time voice translation feature coming to Skype that was shown off at Recode’s Code Conference back in May 2014.

The Redmond headquartered software giant said that it’s started accepting submissions for a Skype Translator Early Preview, which will be released later this year, via a sign-up page.

After registering your interest for an early preview, you’ll be able to use the awesome real-time speech translator later this year. There’s a limited number of preview spots available, so best thing you register today.

Keep in mind that the Skype Translator Preview will support a few languages at first and will initially be on devices running Windows 8.1 computers and tablets and Windows 10 Technical Preview only.

Skype Translator borrows heavily from decades of research in speech-recognition, automatic-translation and machine-learning technologies.

So, what kind of dark magic is this?

A collaborative project between Skype and the Microsoft Translator team within Microsoft Research, Skype Translator basically allows anyone to “speak” foreign language without learning one.

The process is as simple as setting up a Skype video or voice call with someone who speaks another language. From that point onward, anything you say over Skype will be translated into their language in real time, and vice versa.

An on-screen transcript of your call is displayed. The cloud-based service can also translate your instant message chats in 45 languages.

Microsoft Research has more on the science behind Skype Translator.

[Skype Blog]

  • Sketch

    Personally. I don’t think this will work well. It will be like Youtube’s CC captions which is appalling unless you upload a transcript. Also people don’t generally speak ‘properly’ when naturally conversing. There’s lots of slang and colloquialism which a translator probably won’t get correct normally let alone in real time.

    • Unlike some that live the competition to do the innovation, Microsoft is kicking off real-time voice translation and they’ve gotta start somewhere if they ever want to make it an ideal reality. It won’t be great at first, but they will learn what’s wrong by getting more and more user feedback…

  • Nesly Lacroix

    Initially available on Windows 8.1 and 10 Preview. Looks more like a publicity stunt to me.

  • Martynet

    nice demo 😀

  • Manuel

    German -> English: acceptable
    English -> German: absolutely horrible 😀

    First sentence:
    “Good afternoon Melanie…”
    Word to word translation of the German text:
    “But after new Melanie…”

  • Stephaughn Alston

    Is this the one that was on Shark Tank?