Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Skype has now added support for Arabic language in its live translator, which translates non-native languages for users, so that users from different backgrounds and regions can still communicate without a language barrier.
ModeEasteArabic is a language natively spoken by the general public and used by media, as well as taught in schools in the Middle East and NortheAfrica, as Skype has now extended live translator support for the language. English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian and Portuguese are the other seven languages which Skype’s live translator already supports for translation to and from during video call sessions on the app. However, the mode for best results remains English to Arabic, or any of the other seven languages supported by the live translator.
The Skype live translator program was kicked off with a preview in English and Spanish spoken languages in December, 2014, and the feature went live for all users in January of this year in seven afore-mentioned languages.
Apart from live translation during video calls, Skype supports more than 50 languages for translation from text. But there is a catch: Both these translators work only on the Skype Windows app, and users on mobile operating systems and Mac will still have to wait with patience for Microsoft to release support for live translator on the platforms.
Translating to and from eight languages, that too during a live video conversation, is a feat of amazing intelligence and sophistication which Skype has achieved. Language being the biggest barrier in cross-country or cross-continental communication, Skype has done its bit to make things much easier for users on its service.
Even though there are a few hiccups in the translation, and users sometimes have to repeat their dialogues multiple times before the correct translation is displayed, it still remains an impressive achievement on Skype and Microsoft’s part.