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.

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.

“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.

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

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