Earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced the Skype Translator real-time conversation translator, saying a beta version of the app would launch this year.
That time has come, with Microsoft opening up its sign-up page for the Skype Translator preview program.
Skype Translator allows users to set up a Skype video or voice call with someone who speaks another language. What you say is then translated into their language on their end, and vice versa.
Here’s a video from Microsoft Research, showing the Translator in action:
The Skype Translator preview will initially be available for only for Windows 8.1 computers and tablets only, and will only support a few languages at first, according to Microsoft. A limited number of preview spots are available.