Skype Translator, the almost magical real-time translation technology built into Skype that was demonstrated by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Skype Corporate Vice President Gurdeep Singh Pall in May, is finally available. More details about Skype Translator are available here.
In what the Skype Blog calls an “early preview”, this technology will let users of Windows 8.1 computers and tablets (initially) in a limited number of languages (obviously). Since it is an early preview, the program is not completely open for everyone to sign up. Register here to sign up for the preview if you have a PC or a tablet running Windows 8.1.
Here’s how Skype describes the product:
Speak another language without learning another language. Simply set up a Skype video or voice call with someone who speaks another language to you and start talking.
* Your conversation is translated into their language in real time.
* And what they say is translated back in your language.
* An on-screen transcript of your call is displayed.
* Instant message chats in 45 languages can be translated.
So, as simple as a normal Skype call. No special software or plugins needed. Of course, if the language you care about is not available today, you can make a note in the registration so that they can prioritize the next languages per the interest expressed during the registration process.
Also, Skype Translator is free right now, but we don’t know the pricing once this product becomes final.
Here’s a demo of the Skype Translator from Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference: