Skype Translator now available for everyone, offering live translation in video chats
Skype users can now have their conversations translated in real time. The programme began with early looks in December, but has now been rolled out for everybody who wants it.
The Translator feature, which analyses voice and then sends it to another user during the conversation, was first rolled out in an early version in December to select users. But Microsoft has now removed the limits on the sign-up process, letting anyone with the right hardware join up.
Any computer or tablet on Windows 8.1 or the Windows 10 preview can try out the software. Skype Translator comes as a separate preview application that can be downloaded in the Windows Store.
At the moment, the voice tool can only translate with English, to and from Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Spanish. The text translation works with 50 different languages. The company says that the goal is “to translate as many languages as possible on relevant platforms”.
The software has improved since it was rolled out in December. Translation services tend to rely on real life use to refine their translations, relying on testing and user input to make the software more accurate and natural.
As with when Skype rolled out the version in December, Microsoft took the opportunity to show how the live translation tool can be used for good. It released a special video of early adopters from a non-profit organisation in New York.
Are these statements TRUE or FALSE?
1.- The programme was released for everybody from the beginning.
2.- You need certain programmes installed in your computer to use the Translator.
3.- The programme is already installed in most new devices.
4.- The programme can translate written messages.
5.- There are new versions of the programme.
6.- There's a tutorial to explain how the programme works.
Can you find synonyms for these words in the text?
1.- to release (par.1)
2.- to eliminate (par.2)
3.- to test (par.3)
4.- to make better (par. 5)
5.- data (par. 5)
6.- precise (par. 5)
7.- chance (par. 6)
True or false?
1.- False “ Programme [...] has now been rolled out for everybody who wants it”
2.- True “ letting anyone with the right hardware join up”
3.- False “ a separate preview application that can be downloaded”
4.- True “ The text translation works with 50 different languages”
5.- True “ The software has improved since it was rolled out in December”
6.- True “ Microsoft took the opportunity to show how the live translation tool can be used for good. It released a special video”
1.- to roll out
2.- to remove
3.- to try out
4.- to improve