Microsoft has begun taking requests for people who want to try out Skype Translator, a service that will translate a Skype conversation between two languages in real time.
Microsoft, he says, is no longer all about pushing Windows. Instead it is trying to “reinvent productivity.” Last month, Nadella explained this to mean that the company will build a new crop of apps that helps people “get more out of their time.”
He has repeatedly named four technologies that showcased this vision. Skype Translator is the last of them to become available.
Should this translation service work well, it would be an incredible technological feather in Microsoft’s cap. It involves training its computers to understand conversations.
Ultimately this service could help Microsoft learn to understand verbal languages so well, it could help power a lot of other voice controlled apps.
Those interested in checking out Skype Translator can request to be part of a technical preview. Microsoft says it will be available later this year.
There are some restrictions. The technical preview will only be available on PCs or tablets running Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview, although Microsoft promises to support Macs, iOS, and Android at some later point.
Plus it is so far offering 12 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese) French, Italian, Korean, Russian, English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.