We first heard about Skype’s real-time language translation feature months ago during an impressive demo, and now it’s beginning to ship for Windows users. While the real-time feature is currently only supported for 6 languages, the app will support translation of 50 additional languages via text chat. There is no currently no timeline for the feature to ship to Mac or mobile users.
Real-time language translation has been discussed for years, but no service has ever lived up to expectations. Skype has been pumping resources into making this idea a reality, and so far the demonstrations have been very impressive. If enough financial resources are pumped into real-time language translation, it’s not very difficult to imagine a future where language barriers are seemingly non-existent. By leveraging the acccesibility of a smartwatch, real-time language translation can make the transition from digital to in-person communications.