Skype can now translate your words as you speak
Microsoft’s new, real-time Skype translation tool is aimed at tearing down the language barriers that separate students, friends and business partners around the world from communicating directly.
Right now, the translator can only work with Spanish and English, but some 40 languages are available through instant messaging. Here’s how it works — when the translator is activated and a video chat is live, it takes a couple second to process each person’s spoken words and translate them, but eventually they’re read in the receiver's first language, with a choppy computer voice and all. It’s no science fiction gadget (e.g. Tardis, Babel fish, Universal Translator), but rather, just science. The ambitious product is designed to “learn” from data to improve over time.
But one barrier still remains — although Skype Translator is free, it’s only available on Windows 8.1.