Microsoft has today released a preview version of its Skype Translator app. The app uses a technology the company demoed some months ago now, where Sype has the ability to translate speech in realtime.
The app is essentially that – while someone speaks, you receive realtime text-to-speech translations of the speech from the person at the other end. At the moment only English and Spanish is support for audio translation, while text chat provides support for over 40 languages. The app is the result of years of R&D from Microsoft Research, where efforts have been focused on making the app reliable enough for anyone to use with pretty much any microphone. Efforts have also been centred on making the translations accurate – unlike the often humorous results you can receive from a service like Google Translate.
Currently the preview is open on an invite only basis, with Microsoft asking those who’d like to test the app out to visit this site.
Source: The Verge