Skype Translator previews for real-time chats

New service for real-time language translation initially available on Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets

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Skype Translator previews for real-time chats Microsoft officials have been working to deliver real-time language translation for at least two years.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  December 16, 2014

Microsoft has released its first public preview of Skype's instant translation service, which will translate instant-message chats in more than 45 languages.

Initially available on Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets and only in Spanish and English, the Skype Translator will display an on-screen transcript of the call. Microsoft is expected to make the service available across a wide variety of devices and operating systems over time.

Company executives announced the Skype Translator in May 2014, noting that a public preview would be available this year. The company began taking sign-ups for the preview in November.

Microsoft officials have been working to deliver real-time language translation for at least two years.

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