Microsoft has widened the availability of its Skype Translator preview, making the application's ability to make sense of 50 written languages easily accessible to all.
Skype Translator is the work of concerted efforts from Microsoft, which claims that the service has had much work done on it to ensure its accuracy.
The addition of Italian and Mandarin recently extended the system's ability for live chat translation, and Microsoft said today that the service is easier to use and supports text translation in 50 languages.
"Skype's mission is to bring people together from all over the world, and with Skype Translator we are breaking down language barriers that have historically made it challenging for friends and families to connect," said Skype's Yasmin Kahn in a blog post.
"Today, we're excited to announce that we're making it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement.
"Simply download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store. No waiting or sign-up needed - use it as soon as you download it."
Kahn explained that Microsoft had worked closely with experts in other countries on developing and improving the translation system. The company claimed that international chat, at least text-based, should now be as accurate aspossible
Skype Translator currently has four available spoken languages - English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin - and 50 instant messaging (IM) languages.
"With IM, customers can write a text message in their language, and the recipient will receive it in their language of choice. Really useful, try it today," Kahn added.
"Skype Translator is transforming communications one conversation at a time. Its 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."
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