Talk about taking live calls to a whole new level? Microsoft’s Skype has launched a test version of Skype translator which they said has taken over 10 years of investments. This soon to be launched real time translator will come in English and Spanish. This means that people who speak these languages during a video call will be bale to speak freely with each other without the existing difficulties. Grudeep Pall from Microsoft made this known. “Skype Translator will open up endless possibilities for people around the world to connect, communicate and collaborate,” he said. “People will no longer be hindered by geography and language.”
We learned that the trial has already been carried on school children in Mexico City and Tacoma in Washington with a half speaking Spanish and another speaking English.
Over 300 million people use Skype each month to connect while another 2 billion minutes of calls (voice or video) are made each day on Skype making it the largest VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) application in the world.
Microsoft bought Skype for $8.65b in 2011 and the company has seen a steady growth in the number of users monthly but whether this deal has paid off for Microsoft since then is left to be seen. Microsoft recently announced that it would be retiring its Lync service which a VoIP based platform as well.