Microsoft is Working on Real-Time Speech Translation for Skype

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Microsoft’s Skype has long enabled people in different parts of the world to communicate with one another through video, voice, and text chat. Now the service is looking to expand those capabilities by testing out a feature that could allow people who don’t speak the same language to talk with each other. On Tuesday, at the first annual CODE Conference, Microsoft head of Skype and Lync Gurdeep Singh Pall showed off a new speech-to-speech translation technology that the company is looking to introduce in future versions of its Skype products. The feature, which Skype is hoping to roll out in beta later this year, translates speech from one language to another in near real-time. As it was demoed, the feature translated Pall’s speech from English into text for transcription on a colleague’s screen in German, and also into voice in German… and vice versa.

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