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Skype Offers In-built Translator Tool for Windows Users

Update Date: Jan 22, 2016 01:48 PM EST

Skype, owned by Microsoft, promised some time back that the translation tools that will work real time are coming real soon. The good news is that they are here. Skype translator is now usable by all the windows desktop users. The voice-to-voice translation offered by Skype translator works for seven languages currently, that includes, English, German, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish. However, the feature also works for additional 50 languages that are available through the instant message. Since its preview launch a year ago, the calls that use this feature have gone up by 400%, according to Skype. The most popular pairing for voice-to-voice translation has been between French and English. To use this feature, the user has to download the latest version of windows desktop program. The translator will automatically turn on if your contact is registered in Skype as speaking a language other than English, as reported by PC World.

The users of Skype on Windows can use the translation feature by clicking the globe icon on the upper right hand corner of the app. Users who are unable to see the icon should ensure that they are using the latest version of Skype, according to Time

The built in integration of language translation tool, Skype users will now be able to translate real time during their audio/video calls. This feature can also be used in their instant messages by clicking on the translator button. Once the language is recognized by the translator, it then translates it to the preferred language of the user. To understand the nuances of the language, Microsoft went a step ahead and hired the linguists which also includes colloquialisms and slangs. The app will improve as it learns from the languages and conversations over a period of time. The translations are showed on screen and also read by the computer when voice call feature is being used, as reported by Tech Times

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