Skype’s Star Trek-Style Translator: How to Use It

Speaking just one language no longer has to be a barrier to global communication.Skype Translator, Microsoft’s Star Trek-style real-time speech translation tool, is being rolled out to the masses today as part of the Skype for Windows app.The initial release supports six languages for voice translation, including English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. More than four dozen languages are supported on Skype’s instant messaging platform.The program, which has been available in preview since December, relies on machine learning, meaning the more people use it, the smarter and more precise it will get.An English speaker listening to an Italian speaker will see English subtitles on their screen and will also hear the text being read aloud, letting two people conversing with each other in different languages carry on a natural…

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