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Skype users will soon become able to increase their contact list by connecting to the people from all around the world, Says Microsoft, which is the owner of the most popular and widely used web chat tool.

However, this amazing Skype Tranlator is still in its developing phase. It will soon provide text and voice based laguage translations for all those people who wants to communicate with people with different languages.

A demonstration of this Skype translator was being conducted by the Microsoft CEO Mr. Satya Nadella and Mr Gurdeep Pall, who is the vice president in charge of the Skype application at the Code conference (sponsored by a tech-news site named as Re/Code.

“It is going to make sure you can communicate with anybody without language barriers,” Nadella said at the gathering in suburban Los Angeles. “In fact, it’s the most human of things.”

In the demo, Pall had a chat with his colleague in Germany on a Skype video call. There was a bit of mix-up between the text translation and the voice translation, but in total, it was spot on and looked like something extra ordinary.

It was not a type of conversation that can be easily done by any application like “Hello, How are you?” The entire conversation was regarding Pall wanted to move to London. It also included neighborhoods and street names of London.

While both of them were speaking, Skype translator took some time to translate what exactly was being said.

“It is early days for this technology, but the ‘Star Trek’ vision for a Universal Translator isn’t a galaxy away, and its potential is every bit as exciting as those ‘Star Trek’ examples,” Pall said in a blog post. “Skype Translator opens up so many possibilities to make meaningful connections in ways you never could before in education, diplomacy, multilingual families and in business.”

After a bit of delay, Skype translator posted the translated comments in the form of text on the screen.

Pall also said that this Skype translator will be made available 1st on its Windows 8 beta app at the end of this year.

Microsoft acquired the London based company “Skype”, which has got more than three hundred million users. Nadella also told that this translation technology was in a developing phase at Microsoft for as much as fifteen years.

“Say you teach it English. It learns English,” he said. “Then you teach it Mandarin. It learns Mandarin, but it becomes better at English. And then you teach it Spanish. It gets good at Spanish, but it gets great at both Mandarin and English — and, quite frankly, none of us know exactly why.

“It’s brain-like in the sense of its capability to learn. It’s magical.”

Check out the video:

Skype Translator

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  • http://aardling.com/ Stijn Vogels

    This heavily prepared video demo was about 90% correct. I am guessing that a regular, fluent discussion would greatly lower this number. It’s a nice alpha, but they’re not there yet. Perhaps next time around.

  • jholowka

    This is absolutely amazing! It would be great to see this technology up, running and functioning well.

  • willo

    Facetime v2.0 IOS8 :-)

  • Howard Treesong

    There are many mistakes in the translation that are gracefully ignored, because both partners know what the conversation is going to be about.

    I want this thing to translate between a Cantonese-speaking Chinese [who only knows Cantonese] and a Hungarian [who only speaks Hungarian]. That should be a lot of fun :-).

    Fahqtut [fully automated high-quality translation of unrestricted text] will never happen, don’t count on it. Very many things can simply not be translated, not even by humans. Language is the absolute last thing computers will ever beat us at because it is our best and most versatile tool.