Last May Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, revealed Skype Translator at the Re/code Code Conference and it wowed everyone in attendance and those watching online.
The real-time translation feature was made available in November as a limited preview and has slowly been coming together with more languages being added for messaging and voice translations. Currently the preview can translate over 50 written languages and four spoken (English, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese).
Back in April of this year I had an opportunity to test this service out in a Skype call with one of Microsoft’s Italian language consultants.
It was a very impressive experience and despite my own rush to translate and respond as my consultant spoke, I speak Italian, it was very accurate during our conversation.
Well Microsoft has now opened up the opportunity for everyone on Windows 8.1 and the Windows 10 Preview to use this technology as they have removed the special sign-up requirement for the program.
Once you have it downloaded just sign in with your Microsoft Account and get started but remember the program only works on spoken Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Italian.