Skype’s real-time translator now available for all to try

12 May 2015

Skype has removed the sign-up requirement for its real-time translator tool, allowing users to translate immediately in four spoken languages: English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, as well as 50 instant messaging languages.

Users just download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store for your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview PC or tablet and can use it straight away.

The Skype Translator uses a version of the Windows 8 app to translate spoken words into text or audio.

The technology is being actively used by Proj Mujer, a non-profit company in New York that is dedciated to providing women in Latin America with financial, health and human development services.

“Skype Translator is transforming communications one conversation at a time – it’s potential in breaking down barriers is only limited by our own imaginations,” said Skype’s Yasmin Khan.

“Our goal for Skype Translator is to translate as many languages as possible on relevant platforms, and to deliver the best speech translation experience to our more than 300 million connected Skype customers.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years