Skype, the communications service provider that is owned by Microsoft, happens to be one of the most widely used solutions for instant messaging, video and voice chat. The company today announced that its new app is now out which features the ability to translate voice calls, thus allowing users to communicate in their native language without having to learn a completely different one.
At this point in time, Skype Translator can automatically translate voice calls for English and Spanish speakers. Additional languages will be added in the future.
Skype Translator Preview is compatible with Windows 10 preview as well as Windows 8.1. Microsoft first showed off this technology working between German and English speakers but for now Spanish is the only language other than English that’s supported by the app.
It works by translating English or Spanish input into text and audio, this works both ways for both languages, so it will be possible to have a proper conversation by someone who speaks Spanish and doesn’t know English.
Microsoft is pointing out that this tool can become useful particularly for students. It even tested out Skype Translator with students based in the U.S. and Mexico. That’s not all though. The company also announced today that instant messaging conversations will now be translated through Skype Translator for over 40 languages. Those who wish to try out Skype Translator can request Microsoft for an invite here.