Skype Real-Time Translator Preview Now Open For All Windows 8.1 And Windows 10 Users

Microsoft deserves a lot of kudos for what it's doing with Skype. Specifically, Skype Translator, a nifty project that was first showed off a year ago this month. Since then, Microsoft's been enhancing Skype's real-time language translation in a number of ways, including adding more languages. The best news to date, however, is that Microsoft has removed the sign-up requirement to begin testing it out at home.

The Skype Translator preview application is available to download from the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PCs and tablets. There's no waiting period to use it -- once you have it downloaded and installed, you can hop on and start taking advantage of Skype's language translation, which currently recognizes four spoken languages. They include English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin, along with 50 instant messaging languages.

Skype Translator

To recap, when you speak in English to someone in Italy (who presumably speaks Italian), Skype will translate your voice in real-time to Italian. Likewise, you'll hear an English translation of what your Italian-speaking friend is saying. You can also view translated text messages.

"Skype Translator is transforming communications one conversation at a time – it’s potential in breaking down barriers is only limited by our own imaginations! Our goal for Skype Translator is to translate as many languages as possible on relevant platforms, and to deliver the best speech translation experience to our more than 300 million connected Skype customers," Microsoft stated in a blog post.

For best results, Microsoft recommends using a headset and microphone. Either way, if you're itching to give it a try, you can download the Skype Translator preview here.