During the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella was on stage for nearly an hour, and brought out and introduced Skype Translate. The product was demoed in front of the large press crowd, and shows how real time translations will be coming to Skype.
The brand new technology was shown off during the conference, and was demoed between Skype’s Gurdeep Pall. The technology showed off two people carrying off conversations in two different languages, while allowing their languages to be translated in real-time between them. The English and German conversation occurred without hiccups and is awesome to watch.
How It Works
With Skype, the service has over 300 million users, and over 2 billion minutes of conversations per day. But with Skype, language barriers still exist, and speaking with two people of different languages becomes more and more difficult. The new project from Microsoft Research brings real-time translating to reality.
The technology has been 15 years in the making, and allows for two different people to carry on conversations, with the translation being done on the fly. One person speaks a sentence, then the translation occurs during the call, and then the other person hears it and sees it visually, which is amazing.
Coming End Of 2014
This was a major breakthrough for Windows Research and Skype, and the announcement is getting a ton of attention. The product is expected to launch as a Windows 8 beta app before the end of 2014, and opens the doors to a number of different possibilites for users who use Skype daily.
The Skype Translator could help people in education, business, help families to communicate, and help bridge communications between people. Since Skype has the infrastructure that it does, it makes sense that Skype would bring this out. But, many were astonished by the simplicity of the translation, and the demo showed off an English and German speaker having a real-time conversation without delay. How quickly the Skype translator becomes used and if at a cost though, is still an unknown.
This demo was amazing to watch and Satya Nadella did a great job. Skype Translator could be a groundbreaking tool, and will be an exciting thing to watch for later this year.