New Skype Translator Program From Microsoft

You can now download Microsoft’s Skype Translator program for free to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC. In the past, users who wanted to take advantage of the program (which translates voice communications live between Skype users) had to be approved to use it by Microsoft.

It can translate your voice on the other end of the call to either English, Mandarin, Spanish, or Italian. It can even translate text conversations from 50 different languages.

While the system seems a bit like something out of science fiction, it’s actually an important move for Microsoft as the company faces increased competition from messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts. By offering a high-tech way to connect people around the world, Microsoft could drive greater adoption of Skype.