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This article was published on May 12, 2015

Skype’s futuristic real-time translator preview is now open to all

Skype’s futuristic real-time translator preview is now open to all
Owen Williams
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Microsoft has today opened up its Star Trek-style translator to all, removing the requirement to sign up to a waiting list for access.

Skype Translator launched in December 2014 and real-time translation of spoken English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, as well as an additional 50 languages over instant messaging.

You can call almost anyone who uses Skype and the call is translated on-screen and via voice.

The service only works using the Skype Translator preview app on Windows 8.1 and 10 devices.

➤ Skype Translator