The ‘Star Trek’ voice translator, as it’s being dubbed by some, can understand spoken words, translate them into another language and speak them back with just a minor delay. Microsoft plans to release the Skype Translator for Windows 8 by the end of the year, but intends to make the service available on other platforms.
In a blog post, corporate vice president of Skype and Lync at Microsoft Gurdeep Pall said that Skype’s purpose is to break down barriers, but the language barrier has always been huge. “Skype Translator,” he wrote, “helps us overcome this barrier. It’s going to make sure you can communicate with anyone without language barriers.”
Pall showed off the technology at the conference with just a few minor errors. This technology was previously shown off two years ago in a similar demonstration where the tool took care of translating English to Chinese.