Skype Translation Software Language Update Adds Support For Italian & Chinese
Microsoft has been testing out its real-time Skype Translation Software that automatically translates voice calls between people and has added a couple of additional languages: Italian and Chinese – only Mandarin dialect.
Speaking of the said update, Microsoft’s Yasmin Khan regarded Mandarin as one of the toughest languages to learn for an English speaker along with Arabic, Korean, and Japanese:
As you can imagine, Mandarin is a very challenging language to learn, even for Skype Translator. With approximately 10,000 characters and multiple tones, this is one of the most difficult languages for a native English speaker to master, along with Arabic, Japanese, and Korean.
The Verge reports that Microsoft’s employees in China and United States have been working on English-to-Mandarin translation as early as 2012, but this is the first time the update has been made available publicly.
In addition to the said language update, Microsoft has also added a number of tweaks such as the option to hear instant messages in 4 different languages, mute automatic translations, volume control fixes, and support for continuous voice recognition.
Those of you who are interested in trying out Skype Translation Software need to sign-up for the limited Preview Program which indeed contains some unwanted bugs, but works for most of the time.
As for when Microsoft plans to launch the functionality on a broader scale, nothing can be said as of this instant.
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