Menu
Skype Translator now speaks German, French

Skype Translator now speaks German, French

The app already provided spoken translation to English, Spanish, Mandarin and Italian

During a Translator call, Microsoft advises you to use a headset with a microphone instead of a stand-alone mic. You should also use a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi. Translated calls also take longer to connect than a typical Skype call. You can find a complete list of Translator tips on Skype's site.

During a Translator call, Microsoft advises you to use a headset with a microphone instead of a stand-alone mic. You should also use a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi. Translated calls also take longer to connect than a typical Skype call. You can find a complete list of Translator tips on Skype's site.

The Skype Translator beta app now can help people say "guten tag" to their friends in Germany, thanks to an update it received on Thursday.

Microsoft's real-time translation app can now provide live voice and text translations for conversations involving people who speak German and French, in addition to English, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish.

For example, someone who speaks English can call up another Skype Translator user who speaks German, and each will have their side of the conversation translated into the other's native language in real time. The app will provide both a computerized voice translation and a running text transcript that allows users to read what's being said.

All of that comes in addition to Skype Translator's existing support for live translation of instant messages sent in 50 different languages, including Arabic, Catalan, Japanese, Polish and even Klingon.

German support has been a long time coming. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated the app at the Code Conference in 2014 by showing off a conversation that took place between two company employees in German and English. The app was first launched in a closed beta program in late 2014.

Skype Translator has been widely available to the public as an open beta on Windows 8.1 since May. It's a project that shows off Microsoft's new strategy under Nadella of quickly moving innovations out of its internal Research division and into products that can be used by consumers.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsskypeMicrosoftsoftware

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments