Microsoft’s New Real Time Universal translator Tool for Skype Calls is live now.

Communication between two people is a really hectic task if they are unable to understand each other’s language. Sometimes it is a mess when you are dealing with online client with no translator in between.  To resolve this problem, Microsoft released a real-time translation tool  for Desktop Skype. Microsoft call it as Cross-Lingual Conversation in Real Time.

It is universal translator for Skype users which resolved the language problem. In Skype app for desktop this tool icon appears on top right. Presently, it supported only six languages- Chinese, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish but there are 50 additional messaging languages for text chat.



Microsoft’s Chief research and Strategy officer, Eric Rudder and Head of Microsoft research, Peter Lee had been working on this technology for more than 10 years. Now, this technology became available for public which provide a fluent, cross-lingual conversation between people who speaks different languages.

Program manager of the Machine Translation team, Chris Wendt said “We felt speech translation was a very natural evolution of the text-translation work we’ve been doing”. He added, “It’s an exciting project, and it became clear that adding this capability to Skype and enabling people to have translated conversations was the killer scenario to get this technology into customers’ hands.”

Bing Translator is the engine behind this technology. The Bing Translator is now became famous among its users and used by millions of user and organisation worldwide. It is spurring the tool’s growth and popularity since its launch.

Menezes said , “The interesting thing about this project is we’ve got these two fairly complex technologies coming together for the first time to provide this end-to-end user experience.”

“The technology is only as good as the data. One big focus has been to scale up the amount and kinds of data that go into the machine-learning training of these systems.” He added.

Well, this is a great work by Microsoft as this made conversation with oversees clients or customers a lot easier for a company.

Source: Microsoft Research

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