Microsoft to launch Skype translator

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Microsoft is ready to let users of its Skype for Windows desktop app to try out Skype Translator by the end of this summer, after previewing real-time translation over the last six months.

The news broke with the firm attempting to make Skype Translator available in more languages and offering a preview that’s no longer constrained by an invite. The software currently supports English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin, allowing anyone to translate speech real-time through a Skype video call or via instant messaging.

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Since allowing users of these operating systems to download the preview straight from the Windows Store, Microsoft saw a 300 per cent rise in uptake, it claims.

Skype’s product marketing manager, Yasmin Khan, said in a blogpost yesterday that a greater number of users would improve the translating technology.

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“We are thrilled with the positive response from around the world, and especially thankful to ALL of the early adopters who downloaded the application, and use it every day,” she wrote.

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Microsoft said it will add more languages to the app as they meet its quality standard.

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