Friday 30 September 2016

Skype Translator adds a new language

Mark O'Beirne

Published 08/03/2016 | 09:48

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Skype Translator has added another language to its portfolio. It can now understand and translate Arabic in almost real time.

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Skype Translator, which live translates messages and spoken conversation, has added another language to its repertoire, Arabic.

Arabic, or Modern Standard Arabic to be more specific, was the fifth most spoken language in the world in 2015. It becomes the eighth language that Skype Translator can speak, joining English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Brazilian Portuguese.

Microsoft's Gurdeep Singh Pall pointed to the world events and said that the purpose or role of Skype is to be the fabric of society. "What is happening in the world today? The world needs translation into Arabic," he said, referring to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and efforts to connect refugees with friends and family.

To activate Skype translation, click on the globe in the desktop app and turn on Skype Translator. This allows you to then pick a language for messages and spoken translations.

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