Soon, language may no longer be a barrier to international online communication, thanks to a new app that allows real-time translation of people speaking in different languages.
U.S. software giant Microsoft demonstrated its new Skype Translator app at an industry conference in California this week. It almost flawlessly translated a conversation between an English-speaker and a person who spoke in German.
The new software is the result of more than a decade-long development of speech recognition and automatic translation by Microsoft engineers. The company says it opens enormous possibilities for better communication in education, diplomacy and interpersonal relationships, such as extended families whose members speak different languages.
Microsoft says Skype Translator will be available in a beta-test version before the end of this year for computers running on Windows 8 operating system.
The communication service Skype is available free of charge in most of the world’s countries and facilitates more than 300 million connections monthly.