Skype expands real-time translation feature to mobile and landlines

By : |December 13, 2016 0

Breaking the language barrier, Microsoft-owned video chat service Skype has expanded its real-time translation feature to both mobile and landlines.

Powered by deep learning system, the feature was initially available only for Skype-to-Skype calls. The new version of Skype Preview can now deliver real-time translations via Skype Translator when calling landlines and mobile phones—no Skype required on the receiving end.

CIOL Skype expands real-time translation feature to mobile and landlines

The system currently supports English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic, and Russian languages.

Install the latest version of the Windows 10 Insider preview build to enjoy Skype’s latest feature. Once you’ve joined the free program, install the latest version of Skype Preview. Noticeably, the new feature requires some Skype credits or a calling subscription since calls to landlines and mobile phones are not free.

If you already have Skype Preview installed just check the Windows Store for any updates.

Under the hood information, if you’re an Office 365 Home or Personal subscriber you already get 60 minutes of free Skype calling minutes every month.

The company has also mentioned the steps to use the much-needed feature in its blog post. Here it is, “Select the dial pad, enter a phone number to see [the] Translator option next to the call button. Tap it to bring up settings for Translator. From here set the languages and place the call. Once the person on the other side picks up they will hear a short message stating that the call is being recorded and translated through Translator and then you can start talking!”

It is that simple!! With this update, you no longer need to fix the time to be available on Skype. One regular phone call and your work is done!

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