Skype Translator Preview now available to Windows 8.1/10 Preview users

Now anyone using Windows 8.1 or the Windows 10 Preview can use the Skype Translator Preview.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

May 12, 2015

1 Min Read
Skype Translator Preview now available to Windows 8.1/10 Preview users

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.

That means you just have to visit the Windows Store and download the current version of the Skype Translator Preview App on Windows 8.1 or the Windows 10 Preview.

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.

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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