Skype today revealed that users who have signed up for its real-time Skype Translator service can now start giving it a try. The service initially supports only Spanish and English as its first two languages for voice communication, but already includes over 40 languages for live translation of instant messages.
In celebration of the launch, Skype released a video showcasing students in the US and Mexico communicating through a phone call in their respective languages in real time. If the video is a fair representation of what it works like in real time, then the app is putting up a pretty impressive showing.
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The company also shared additional background information on how the service actually works, explaining the machine learning process Skype uses to understand the context words are being used in as well as their meaning.
The company says the more the service is used, the better the technology will get. If you haven’t signed up already, you can still do so at the Skype Translator page.