Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella showed off a new feature called Skype Translator, where the program will run in real-time and translate different languages through voice chat. In the video, we got a look at German to English being translated in near real-time, the program offer a voiceover and on screen text to show what the other person just said.
Skype Translator will arrive in beta by the end of the year on Windows 8, no news on if this will come to mobile or Windows RT, Nadella did say he wanted this on all devices in the future, but will start off at Windows 8.
Microsoft has apparently been working on translation for more than a decade and with Skype they have been able to add the translation tool onto a platform that is already used by millions worldwide. After just adding Cortana, the virtual assistant, to Windows Phone 8.1, it seems a fitting time to delve into more voice recognition.
Google and other companies are currently working on translation and deep learning computers. Microsoft appears to be the first to offer a working real-time translation tool, although the success of this is to be determined, Microsoft could have easily made the translations faster on the video.
Whatever the case, it’s good to see we are finally getting actual real-time translation tools. Microsoft might not launch this for free and make it more of a business feature, but even so it is a big step in the right direction.