Skype is one of the most popular forms of communication across mobile platforms and the desktop. Microsoft Research is working on real-time translation functionality to enable consumers to use Skype and engage in conversation with others from around the world. George Takei, better known as Mr Sulu in Star Trek, visited Microsoft Research to see how the technology works.

Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Research, explained to Takei during his visit what Skype Translator is about and how it has the capabilities to enrich the lives of millions (skip to 3:15). Looking at other projects under way at the company, the USS Enterprise veteran also touches on the new culture at Microsoft and how the company is looking at ways to improve lives, which we've covered in the past.

Takei appeared to be impressed by the translator tech, but would you make use of such a feature in Skype?

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