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Skype Translate released end of 2014

We recently told you about Skype’s new free group video calls and now they’ve upped their game and added yet another new function. 

Last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Skype will soon be able to translate voice and video calls in near-real-time.  This means you can speak Afrikaans to your Russian colleague in Moscow and you will be able to understand each other without using a common language such as English. Since Skype has over 300-million users each month, Skype Translate will have a huge international reach.

Skype Translate uses ”transfer learning” – it get better at the languages it already knows each time it learns a new one. Microsoft isn’t clear on how this works, but we can safely say that its a very useful algorithm.

The software is currently still in it’s testing phase, but Microsoft officially announced a beta-test version will be available for Windows 8 by the end of this year. If you want to see how Skype Translate works, have a look at the demo video.

Screen shot of the Skype Translate demo at Code Conference.



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