Microsoft will release a beta version of Skype Translator, a real-time conversation translator, sometime this year.
CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated Skype Translator during his appearance today at Recode’s Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president of Skype and Lync, who participated in the demonstration, wrote in a Microsoft blog post that “the demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition.”
Skype Translator will be available first as a Windows 8 beta app before the end of 2014, Pall wrote in the blog post.
Recode, in an article on the technology, noted that “Microsoft will start with a handful of languages and only for the Windows version of Skype, though Microsoft hopes to quickly add more languages as well as support for the many types of computers and mobile devices that Skype customers use.”
(Nadella, by the way, during the appearance, apparently opened up a bit about his family life, talking about how two of his three children have special needs, including a son who is quadriplegic, Recode reporter Ina Fried noted in her liveblog.)