Microsoft Demos Skype Translator
With Microsoft being a key player in the real-time translation research business for over a decade and realizing that language poses a major barrier between people worldwide, it comes to no surprise that the company is attempting to expand its translation technology into Skype. Known as Skype Translator, the new language translating tool was recently demoed by Microsoft in order to show how the tool can be used to help people understand each other better. Within the demo, a Skype call was set up normally between a German speaking individual and an English speaking individual. As one party spoke, the speech was translated into text that was not only displayed at the bottom of the other user’s screen, but was also read aloud in the native language of the other individual. The demo was able to show how Skype Translator could successfully facilitate a conversation, using technology developed by Microsoft that focuses on speech recognition, automatic translation, and machine learning.
Although it is not known whether Skype Translator will be a part of Skype or will be a dedicated application upon final release, Microsoft is planning to release a beta version of Skype Translator for Windows 8 before the end of 2014.