The news is that Microsoft has finally launched its new Skype Translator! This application for Skype’s chat software enables cross-sectional video conversations absolutely free PLUS comes with add-on feature in the form of aided speech translator between different languages.
It’s a ground-breaking product as it works in almost real time. The technology was ratified and launched at the Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California, by making an actual call to demonstrate to the audience how well this app works. The high official of Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella called upon stage Skype’s Vice President Mr. Gurdeep Pall who placed a video call to, Diana Heinrichs-a German-speaking Microsoft employee.
The software reading the language, first relayed the greeting in English to Heinrichs, then translated into German along with subtitles beneath. Her reply was translated from German to English likewise and transmitted to the latter, the software repeating her words accordingly. The software did exceedingly well when tested, by discussing complex topics like London’s geography on top of Indian Food- the outcome was amazing.
The one snag in the system is the syntax errors, e.g., when Heinrich told Pall something, it was translated something like, “I have many meetings with my colleagues in Redmond and I take the opportunity to see her fiancé my.” This, nonetheless, is a minor issue that all of us Google Translate users usually encounter, with time Skype will work out solutions to such errors.
It looks like Microsoft professionals have worked hard to make this successful, as Microsoft asserts a good amount of time was spent on developing this technology, its researchers working around-the-clock to decode the nuances of diverse dialects and discord in speech over a number of years.
Head of Microsoft’s Machine Translation Team, Arul Menezes puts his team’s effort as, “It’s not just repeating a single word……Sometimes, you’ll go three words into a sentence and then back up and restate it. In some languages, it’s more of a challenge than others, especially languages like Spanish, where words have to agree in grammatical gender.”
There’s a good news for all computer/Skype devotees — Microsoft has affirmed it’ll propose a beta version of Skype Translator to Windows 8 users at the end of this year. The success of the project will be validated as soon as 300 million people from around the Globe, logging into Skype each month, start using it! We forecast that the outcome will be positive. Watch the youtube video below for more: