Multilingual Skype Translates As Users Speak - NBC Bay Area
Tech Now

Tech Now

Covering all the latest tech happenings from the Silicon Valley.

Multilingual Skype Translates As Users Speak

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Multilingual Skype Translates As Users Speak

    A new, multilingual version of Skype translates what users are saying to one another in real-time. Scott Budman reports. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

    A new, multilingual version of Skype translates what users are saying to one another in real-time.

    It's not easy to use at first, or even download, but if you're patient, future Skype sessions will be pretty cool. It's like you have a translator sitting in the room with you.

    For now, Skype is rolling out its Translator to a limited audience. It translates users’ conversation between Spanish and English as they speak. It can also text (including Klingon) in many other languages, also in real-time.

    "The Star Trek instant translator from the 70s and 80s, we're getting close to it,” said Adam Blau of One Hour Translation, a translation services company.

    Blau said the Skype Translator is a step in the right direction.

    "It really brings up a big possibility for business, consumers, to understand what's being spoken,” Blau said. “It’s an exciting time for business, anybody working in a multi-lingual environment."

    Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011 and admits this is Version 1.0 of Skype Translator. Windows 8.1 is required to use it.

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android