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Skype Translator launches translation for video calls, real-time translation for English and Spanish

Skype Translator launches translation for video calls, real-time translation for English and Spanish

NEW YORK: Microsoft presented this week the first step of its Skype Translator program, which translates all spoken and written language and the newly users of Skype for their business, formerly Microsoft Lync, the service has potential to help them and removed language barriers that could inhabit international enterprise corporation.
Language barriers, idea development in foreign languages and mispronunciations can inhibit communication between international workers. Skype Translator could allow workers to express themselves in their own language without worrying about miscommunication, said Alaa Saayed, unified communications industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.
The first phase of the Skype Translator program will include real-time translation for two spoken languages, English and Spanish, and over 40 languages over instant message, wrote Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president for Skype, in a blog post. The service is available to customers who signed up to participate in the program and are using Windows 8.1 on the desktop or mobile device.
Skype Translator relies on speech recognition and automatic machine translation to turn text into spoken word. The software was built from translated webpages, captioned videos and transcriptions of recorded Skype conversations. These were analyzed and used for statistical models that map incoming audio to text and then translate the text. The translation is displayed as an on-screen transcript. The more the software is used, the better the software will perform. More languages will be available for translation over time, according to a Skype blog post.