Natural language processing and real-time language translations have been somewhat fiction rather than fact. Just imagine having words of one person translated into the native language of another in real time. Gets you excited doesn’t it? Well it certainly makes me excited. Well, guess what? Skype just made that happen.
Microsoft is responsible for taking a big step towards making this a reality. They recently revealed the latest version of their Skype Preview app for Windows 10 which actually supports voice translation to mobile and landline phones.
Voice Translations for Everyone!
That’s right! If you own a Windows 10 PC and also a part of the Windows Insider Program, you can now make use of the latest version of Skype to make a voice call. Upon making the call, the words you speak will be translated to one of the nine languages currently supported by the app so that the person on the other end can hear it in his/her own language. Speaking of languages, supported languages for real time translation are English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic, and Russian.
Well, not exactly everyone.
However, before you go making Skype calls to every Tom, Dick and Ariyapala, you should know a few things. For starters, the translation feature is not free. You need to either have sufficient Skype credits in your account, or a subscription plan in order to enable the voice translation.
According to Microsoft, once you have either of these two options in order, then you simply need to use the dial pad on the Windows 10 preview app. From there, simply enter the phone number of the person you wish to speak to and the new Skype Translator option will appear. Tap the button to see the available selection of supported languages. Pick a language, and you can start the voice call to the mobile phone or landline. On the recipient’s end, a short message will be played stating that the call is being recorded and translated through Skype Translator. From there, you can proceed to talk with the recipient and the conversation will be translated in real time.
Microsoft also added that the quality of the voice translations will improve the more Skype Translator is used. As we said earlier, the feature is only available to those on Windows 10 and are a part of the Insider program. If you are not a part of the insider program, you can click here to do so.
No word has been given on as to when this feature will be released to the many other platforms that are supported by Skype.
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