Microsoft adds Italian and Mandarin to the Skype Translator Preview

The Skype team today announced an update for the Skype Translator Preview program, which kicked off just before the new year took hold. Today's release includes various improvements, as well as two new languages – Italian and Mandarin.

New features in today's update for the Skype Translator Preview include the option to hear instant messages received in the language of choice. Continuous text recognition is also available as the call partner speaks into the microphone.

Microsoft has made the change so volume controls are automatically adjusted for translated speech to be heard more clearly. This will prevent situations where you're finding it difficult to keep up with translations due to congested speech output from both the software and your call partner – or you can now turn the translated audio off completely.

Have you played with the Skype Translator Preview? Let us know how you've got on in the comments.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

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26 Comments
  • 你好, Ciao
  • हिंदी भी चाहिए!!!!
  • Ciao
  • Sarcasm language urgently needed !
  • Chin chong!
  • മലയാളം ഇല്ലേ അളിയാ...
  • Hopefully French is next.
  • Yes please
  • Wen in indian?
  • There is no language called "Indian". The most commonly spoken language in India is "Hindi". (Incidentally, it means "Indian")
  • Ups, my bad. Well, I guess I failed at joking -.-
  • Well, this is funny! lol
  • It was really funny even though I knew Hindi was the correct term. The comedy police apparently didn't find it as amusing... :P With that said I present to you:
    "Wen in Hindi-a?"
  • When in India? 
  • Ching chang chung! Hello!
  • Seems India is very eager to try out new things, what comes before fast ring?
  • Very fast ring. Unfortunately, that doesn't exist.
  • Hopefully they can add upto 10-12 languages by the end of the year...i had never hoped any of Microsoft research projects would materialize...but this is just fab and real value of neural networks is shown here....and as for India gurinder pal has said support for Hindi is coming...probably by end of year or early next year...
  • La torta è una bugia. Mangiamo!
  • Hindi to Spanish? And vice versa.
  • Filipino naman sana.
  • Filipino dont need translation. They know english very well Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Japanese next please!
  • Norwegian... :D
  • pong tuay la
  • lovely! great app great features!