Skype’s real-time voice translation is now available to everyone

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Have you ever seen a sci-fi movie or show where the writers get around cross-species language barriers by having an earpiece or some such device that automatically translates speech? Well, we’ve still got a ways to go before we have anything that advanced, but in the meantime, Skype has been working on a new feature that automatically takes spoken words from one language and then translates them in text-form into another language. Previously limited to a few testers, the feature is now available for everyone to try out. 

Skype’s mission is to bring people together from all over the world, and with Skype Translator we are breaking down language barriers that have historically made it challenging for friends and families to connect. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. Simply download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store for your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview PC or tablet – no waiting or sign-up needed – use it as soon as you download it! Skype Translator currently has four available spoken languages – English, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and 50 instant messaging (IM) languages. With IM, customers can write a text message in their language, and the recipient will receive it in their language of choice. Really useful, try it today! Since releasing the Skype Translator preview in December 2014, we have received excellent feedback from all the early adopters. One of the early adopters we would like to highlight is Pro Mujer. Pro Mujer is a non-profit development organization based in New York City dedicated to providing women in Latin America with vital financial, health, and human development services that are typically out of reach, but essential in helping women become financially independent, healthy, and leaders in their communities.

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