Microsoft shows off real-time Skype translator
Published on May 28, 2014 10:49 AM
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California (REUTERS) – Microsoft Corp showed off a test version of a real-time, spoken-word translation service for Skype calls on Tuesday, the first time the world’s largest software company has demonstrated the breakthrough technology publicly in the United States.
Skype Translator, as it is currently called, allows speakers in different languages to hear the other’s words spoken in their own language, according to a demo introduced by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella at the Code Conference technology gathering in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
“It is going to make sure you can communicate with anybody without language barriers,” said Mr Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February and is keen to re-establish the company as a technology leader after a decade of slipping behind Apple Inc and Google Inc in mobile computing.
Mr Nadella described the underlying technology as “magical,” but said the task now was turn it into a real product rather than just a research project, promising it would launch by the end of the year. He did not say if it would be a free add-on for Skype users or a paid extra.
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