Beta version of Skype’s speech-translation technology to be rolled out later this year
In a recent blog post, Microsoft has revealed that it has plans underway to launch Skype speech translator beta later this year.
Skype's Corporate VP Gurdeep Pall said in the blog post that the beta version of Skype's speech-translation technology will first be available as a Windows 8 beta app before the end of 2014.
With the Skype Translator technology resulting from a Microsoft research project designed for providing fluent, cross-lingual conversations between speakers of different languages, Pall said that the speech translator marks a befitting example of why Microsoft makes investments in basic research.
On Tuesday, at a conference hosted by news website Re/code, Pall gave a demonstration of "near real-time audio translation" from English to German and vice versa. For the demonstration, Pall combined Skype voice and instant messaging technologies with Microsoft Translator text translation as well as neural network-based speech recognition.
Meanwhile, about making the Skype Translator available as a limited beta later this year, Microsoft said in the blog post that the move has involved advances in translation, speech recognition, and language processing, together with contributions from Microsoft engineering and research teams across the world.