SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Microsoft has rolled out a preview version of its popular video calling service “Skype.” They say “Skype Translator” will instantly translate video calls between English and Spanish in real time.
Adam Blau from professional translating service “One Hour Translate” said this tool could be the future of video chats. “That really brings up a big possibility for business, consumers, to understand what’s being spoken. It’s an exciting time for business, anybody working in a multi-lingual environment,” he said.
The tool can only translate Spanish and English video chat conversations for now, but according to Microsoft, it can translate the text versions of more than forty other languages.
The translator uses software that can learn how to better recognize accents and translate language variations by listening to its users’ voices.
Skype hopes to attract a wide audience, and Springfield resident David Sims told 22News he thinks they have a good shot. “Different people in the world moving further and further away, so anytime you get some technology to bring people together is always a good thing,” he said.
The company has said the preview stage will be used to develop and advance Skype Translator, while allowing customers to provide feedback so they can make any necessary changes.
You’ll need Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to use the new Skype Translator, which is only being introduced to a limited audience for now.