In late May, Skype demonstrated Skype Translator at Code Conference and today the team has started accepting registrations to take part in the language tool’s early preview (i.e. public beta).
The service adds real-time speech translation to Skype, both in voice and video, so it doesn’t matter that you and your conversant aren’t fluent in the same languages.
Says Skype on its blog:
“We have seen tremendous interest and enthusiasm for Skype Translator from around the globe over the last few months and we’re incredibly excited to share it with the world. However, we want to hear from you first! The preview program will have limited spots available, so register today for your chance to secure a virtual spot in line!”
Skype is offering the preview program to users for free. The program will initially be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview computers and tablets only and Skype says that a “limited selection of languages” will be available in the preview.
However, don’t be too mad if your language isn’t part of the preview; as part of the sign up process, Skype is allowing users to submit which languages and platforms they’d like to see be added to the service, and you’ll also have the chance to tell the company how you’re using the service.
You can sign up for the free preview here.