Skype Translator Now Available On Windows

The service, which is built directly into the Skype for Windows desktop app, is capable of translating 6 different languages over video chat and 50 over text messaging. Languages compatible with video chat translation include English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish. As far as setup is concerned, it’s a relatively straightforward process, as depicted in the video embedded below. It’s as simple as selecting a contact, clicking the Settings gear icon, and enabling Skype Translator by ensuring the Globe icon is lit blue.

“It has been a long-time dream at Skype to break down language barriers and bring everyone across the globe closer together,” the post reads. “Researchers, engineers, and many others across Microsoft have been working hard to make this dream a reality and we are looking forward to bringing this preview technology to more devices.”

The post goes on to suggest that users now “have even more reasons to chat with people around the world – bringing together family, friends, and students,” and that with the introduction of Skype Translator, the possibilities are open to “do even more together across not only distances, but also languages.”