Real-time Skype Language Translator May be First Real Breakthrough for Microsoft in 10 Years


On Tuesday night, at a tech conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Microsoft showed off a new tool that will turn Skype into your own personal translator. In Microsoft’s demonstration, executive Gurdeep Singh Pall speaks English with a German-speaking colleague, and Skype acts as real-time voice and text translator. Even in today’s wonderland of technological innovations, this looks like science fiction come to life:

Microsoft will release Skype Translator later this year, as a Windows 8 beta app, before eventually rolling it out for all Skype users. “Skype Translator is a great example of why Microsoft invests in basic research,” says Pall, who heads up Microsoft’s Skype division. “We’ve invested in speech recognition, automatic translation, and machine learning technologies for more than a decade, and now they’re emerging as important components in this more personal computing era.”

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SOURCE: Peter Weber 
The Week

One comment

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this matter to be really something that I
    think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will
    try to get the hang of it!

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