Skype Translator preview app for Windows 8.1 ditches sign-up; now free to download

Microsoft is now expanding access to its previously released Skype Translator preview app for Windows 8.1. The app is now available to download from the Windows Store without the need for users to signup and register beforehand.

The preview version of the app, which also works with the Windows 10 Insider Preview, first launched in December. It currently supports spoken translation in four languages (English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin) along with 50 languages via instant messenger texts.

Microsoft says it has already received a lot of positive feedback from Skype Translator users and offered an example:

One of the early adopters we would like to highlight is Pro Mujer. Pro Mujer is a non-profit development organization based in New York City dedicated to providing women in Latin America with vital financial, health, and human development services that are typically out of reach, but essential in helping women become financially independent, healthy, and leaders in their communities. We are very proud of Pro Mujer's mission, and we're delighted they're finding value in using Skype generally, and Skype Translator to make an impact in so many people's lives.

Download Skype Translator from the Windows Store (opens in new tab) (Free)

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

  • definitely gonna give it a try...... Thanks Wcentral.....
  • Love all these innovations by MSFT. Definitely best tech company around. The dream of universal translator of star trek could soon be reality
  • Not technically a universal translator but definitely a universal app
  • Notice how they dropped the German language support.   If you'd understand German, you'd know why they did it. Their translations in the demos were horribly and horrifyingly inaccurate, to the point of occasionally being incomprehensible. Plus, no grammar sanity checks.   Are there any articles on how the currently active languages in the translator are working out? I really don't trust them to be any better.
  • Mrawr, mrwar, off, poopy, dang previews. Grumble hissy fit.
  • Yeah German is probably the hardest language on earth.
  • Will it come to WP?
  • Later, as a ported iOS app. ;)
  • Hahaha
  • Nice try.
  • Much lame
  • Great!
  • Awesome
  • So finally babel fish will become reality
  • ah... another fan. DON'T PANIC! :D  
  • Haha
  • Points!
  • No points. Just peanuts and a towel.
  • wow this works so good! Just tried it with a Spanish friend
  • cool! I am downloading now. can't wait to try it out :)
  • It's funny that activision has yet to be sued for infringement(ie. Skylanders)
  • It appears in the Windows RT store (on my surface 2) but can't complete installation o_O
  • It's a modern app without ARM support, exactly what we can expect from skype
  • Then it shouldn't show the install button at all o_O
  • This changes the game. Will definitely try this out.