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Microsoft’s Skype Translator will translate voice calls on the fly


Microsofts Skype will eventually be able to translate voice calls between people. In an on-stage demo at the Code conference today, Microsofts CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator, an upcoming version of the service that is capable of translating voice conversation in near real-time using technology developed by the companys Skype and Translator teams. With it, you can talk in your native language to another user who speaks a different language, and Microsoft will translate it to the other person. In a follow-up post, Gurdeep Pall — Microsofts VP of Skype and Lync — said Skype Translator will arrive first as a beta app for Windows 8 by the end of this year. On the Microsoft Research site, the company said its been working on machine translation for more than a decade, and that translating voice over Skype was considered a nearly impossible task. However, four years ago the program got a jumpstart with a project that was able to translate phone calls in real-time.

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