Skype To Bring Real-Time Language Translation This Year

The world continues to shrink, at least in some respects. Thanks to technology, you can virtually "be" in faraway places, send email and IM messages instantly and so on. Microsoft appears to be poised to shrink things a little more by providing real-time language translation in Skype calls - which is pretty mind-blowing, if it works even somewhat effectively. It has already been demoed, and should be available later this year.

Microsoft announced this week at the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) in Rancho Palo Verdes, Calif. that a beta of Skype was coming with real-time translation by the end of 2014.  In a TechNet blog Microsoft writes:

The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Skype Translator is a great example of why Microsoft invests in basic research. We’ve invested in speech recognition, automatic translation and machine learning technologies for more than a decade, and now they’re emerging as important components in this more personal computing era.

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