Language translation feature for Skype which will automatically translate your words into the other end of the Skype call’s preferred tongue. Microsoft is developing this and shown a demo at Re/Code’s Code Conference a call was converted from English to German and vice-versa.
Skype will become a common communication platform once this language translator developed and Microsoft said that it will launch on Window 8 before the end of 2014.
Gurdeep Pall, Corporate Vice President of Skype said that “Imagine in the very near future technology allowing humans to bridge geographic and language boundaries to connect mind to mind and heart to heart in ways never before possible” and Lync at Microsoft. “Language barriers have been a blocker to productivity and human connection; Skype Translator helps us overcome this barrier.”
Microsoft has yet to confirm which languages will be supported for the launch later this year, but given the demo, it’s likely both English and German will be at the top of the list.
Microsoft mentioned to the fact that this technology was somewhat similar to the fictional universal translator made popular within the Star Trek series. Of course, Microsoft isn’t the first company to launch a language translation product. Last year, a team in San Francisco launched an Indiegogo project for a mobile translation product called SIGMO.