A demo of the Skype translator was shown off at the Code conference on Monday. The technology was developed by Microsft’s Skype and translator teams and was shown to be working while translating a conversation held in German and English, reports The Verge.
The beta of Skype translator will be coming to Windows 8 later this year. Microsoft hopes to have the feature available on all devices. Real-time or near-real-time translations could be a huge assistant to Skype users. The voice chat application sees as many as 300 million users a month that spend 2 billion minutes talking to each other every day, The Verge notes.
Microsoft is looking to better the Skype translator feature with the assistance of those who use the service. However, this means that the company will have to get past privacy rights to listen in on calls. Microsoft claims that even if only a small number of Skype users allow them to listen in on calls, it will do wonders for advancing the technology, reports Re/code.
A video demo of the Skype translator feature can be seen below.