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Microsoft launched first phase of Skype Translator preview program

Dec 17, 2014 18:38 IST

Microsoft on 16 December 2014 launched the first phase of Skype Translator preview program. With this, Skype moved towards auto-translation.

Under this programme, Microsoft launched a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service. The programme is based on the vision of the universal translator.
The program had its first trial with school children in Mexico City and their counterparts at a school in Tacoma, Washington.

The preview program was kicked off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English.  Skype Translator will open up endless possibilities for people around the world to connect, communicate and collaborate.

Skype Translator relies on machine learning, which means that the more the technology is used, the smarter it gets.

Skype is based on a freemium model. Skype is telecommunications application software that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls from computers, tablets and mobile devices via the Internet to other devices or telephones/smartphones.

Skype was first released in August 2003. It was created by Dane Janus Friis and Swede Niklas Zennström in cooperation with Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn. Later, Skype was acquired by Microsoft in May 2011.

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