Skype can now understand your Russian to English conversations

Skype Translator is an ambitious project to help people of different languages share in real-time video and text conversations. The Skype service already supports English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Arabic and starting today Russian.

From the Skype Garage Blog (opens in new tab):

Russian is the eighth most popular spoken language in the world and our Russian-speaking customers around the world have always been particularly enthusiastic about Skype Translator. For months, we've received many requests to include Russian in Skype Translator's audio language portfolio and we are excited to finally cross this milestone, opening up one of the most dialectically complex languages on earth to anyone with a Skype account.

Built on world-class machine learning technology, Skype Translator allows Skype users speaking different languages to communicate with each other in real time. The more Skype Translator is used, the higher the quality of the translations. We are excited to explore what the future holds as more and more people from diverse backgrounds discover the magic of Skype Translator. User feedback is crucial to Skype Translator's growth and we would like to sincerely thank all of our users and beta testers for their enthusiasm in helping us grow this product.

Overall, it's a great addition. As Skype points out Russian is the eighth most popular spoken language in the world making it vital to the Skype customer base.

Microsoft notes that Russian is now available for Windows Desktop Skype (aka the old app), but it has yet to be added to the Skype Preview app (UWP), which does support Translator. The feature will likely be added in a Store update shortly.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • прекрасно!
  • Ich verstehe nicht, dass diese Sprache
  • try skype translator! :-)
  • So now the cold war can be translated.... Too soon for us UK people...
  • No more blyat?
  • cool. does it work?
  • Speak backward , this is Russian
  • Yaaay! I can find a girlfriend now!
  • Until they get a passport.....
  • Good job MS!
  • Maybe Trump will understand what they're really saying to him... And agree with Daxy.
  • Em, it's already available in UWP for me
  • Is skype translator available for windows mobile?
  • Молодцы :)
  • Not too excited about this since skype/bing are awful at translating Russian. They often get it wrong, very wrong. Things about men are often somehow translated with a "She" when it's clearly about a guy. It'll often get single words correct but totally screw up a sentence. Hopefully they figure this out soon.
  • Does skype only support audio translations?
  • Nope, text too. It already did Russian text, but very poorly.