Microsoft has made available a first public preview of Skype Translator, a new service for real-time language translation.
The new feature translates conversations both ways in near real-time. Skype Translator will display an on-screen transcript of the call, and, ultimately, it will translate instant-message chats in more than 45 languages.
Initially, the preview is available only for Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets and only in Spanish and English. Microsoft is expected to make the service available across a wide variety of devices and operating systems over time.
Microsoft officials have been working to deliver real-time language translation for at least two years.
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