Skype Translator preview goes live with real-time Spanish and English translation

Skype has announced the public availability of Skype Translator, the firm’s speechrecognition software that can decode languages in real time with the help of intelligent translation technology.

The preview kicks off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English, as well as more than 40 instant messaging languages, to those who have signed up to Skype Translator and are using Windows 8.1 on the desktop or a mobile device.

Skype Translator launched as a private beta last month but is now available to anyone. The system effectively removes language barriers by allowing video calling in which the participants see instantly translated subtitles.

“Skype Translator relies on machine learning, which means that the more the technology is used, the smarter it gets,” explained Skype’s corporate vice president, Gurdeep Pall.