Microsoft has completed the rollout of Skype Translator to all Windows customers, and revealed plans to bring the service to more Skype apps.
Declaring it as a “milestone moment”, Skype will also add more languages to the translator function that has been embedded into the Skype for Windows app.
“This takes Skype one step closer to our mission of empowering people to do more, even across languages. We hope that our customers can achieve their goals through relationships that would previously have been impossible,” the company said.
Skype Translator currently supports voice-to-voice translation in Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
The service also provides text translations in over 50 languages in real time when sending instant messages via Skype.
Microsoft had initially started pushing Skype Translator to Windows 7, 8 and 10 users, but the wider rollout is indicative of Skype’s plans to extend new features to its core services across multiple desktop and mobile platforms.
There is no word on if or when Skype will roll out Translator to Apple Mac OS.
The service was originally released as a separate application called Skype Translator, but will now be embedded directly into the Skype desktop app to provide the machine learning translation on laptops, desktops and tablets running a recent Windows operating system.
Microsoft said that an update will be rolled out for desktop versions of Skype in the coming weeks, and users will see a new Translator icon in the main Skype chat window.
Skype Translator is designed to facilitate conversations between people who don't speak the same language.
The service can translate 50 languages in text and seven in speech, and is available across the mobile spectrum, including Android and iOS.
Skype Translate has been very popular, according to senior product marketing manager Yasmin Khan, who explained that it is through use that the system will improve and mature.
Microsoft removed a sign-up restriction for the service last year, making the Translate features an easy to use option. This move had an immediate impact.
"We made it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. Since then, we have seen a 300 percent increase in Skype Translator use," Khan said at the time.
"We are thrilled with the positive response from around the world, and especially thankful to all of the early adopters who downloaded the application and use it every day.
"Remember: Skype Translator uses machine learning, so the more people use the technology, the better the experience for everyone."
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