Need to have a Skype video conference with someone overseas that doesn’t speak your language? In the near future this will be no problem because Skype has come up with Skype Translator, as it is being called for now.
The technology was demonstrated at the Recode Code Conference in California on Tuesday night. In the demonstration the two people on the Skype video call spoke different languages, one German speaking and the other English speaking. As we don’t know German very well here, the translator technology appeared work excellent. The conversation they had was not a simple one either. They discussed their plans to move to London and went into details about sight-seeing, moving with kids and different neighborhoods.
Each person takes their turn to speak and then there’s a short pause while Skype Translator translates what was said. It would send it back as text as well as spoken with an automated voice.
Microsoft, which purchased Skype back in 2011, has been working on the translation program for over 15 years. They think it will be available at the end of this year as a Windows 8 beta app. We will keep you posted.