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Skype demos real-time interpreting tool

28
May
2014

Microsoft has presented a sneak preview of Skype Translator, its futuristic automatic interpreting software that allows two people who speak different languages to converse over video-conference. The transcribed text is then translated through Bing Translator and finally read aloud by a vocal synthesizer. The end result sounds robotic, obviously, and the translations are far from perfect, but the idea that it may soon be possible for two people without a common language to converse via Skype is nonetheless impressive. To introduce Skype Translator to the public and demonstrate how it might be used, Microsoft uploaded a video showing two people conversing: one in German and the other in English.

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