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Skype has a new app that translates speech in real-time

Looks like Skype made a major improvement to their messaging service. You can now have speech translated in real-time.


We all know how hard it is these days talk to someone who doesn’t speak our native tongue. Luckily for us, there are tools like Google Translate, Rosetta Stone, and another hundred others you could find in a simple Google search. The only problem with these is that you have to go back and forth through another app in order to respond, which usually causes the conversation to drag on.

If there is one thing we do know, small talk sucks. Add a foreign language to the mix, and the conversation is due to be awkward at one point or another.

Thankfully, Skype made a major improvement to their software today by giving users the ability to translate speech in real time. This is all part of a Skype preview program, currently available only to Spanish and English speakers running on Windows 8.1 and preview copies of Windows 10.

Here’s how it works: 

The way works is pretty simple, too. For example, if I’m having a conversation with a Spanish person, and they ask me a question in their native language, I would instantly hear an English translation right over my headphones or speakers. In the past, I would have go to Google Translate, and paste his response in there. It’s a vicious cycle.

Microsoft’s intended target audience right now is schools and classrooms, but if you’re interested in testing Skype Translator, you’ll need to request an invite. However, trying this registration code: MTT1724 (courtesy of the team over at The Verge) might help you gain access a bit faster.

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