Skype Translator for Windows desktops will be available soon.

The next update from Skype brings a translator into play. Skype for Windows 7, 8.x and 10 users expect this update or upgrade in the next few weeks. The globe icon then indicates the availability of Skype Translator. Calls in German, English, French, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish can be translated in both directions.

Microsoft has integrated the previously independent translation app Skype Translator into its Windows desktop application. The new function will be introduced step by step from now on. A verbal communication shows a translation of the conversation. Instant messages can be converted to 50 languages.

Skype (Blog):

“Skype has long dreamed of breaking down the language barriers and bringing all people worldwide closer together. Researchers, engineers, and many others at Microsoft have worked hard to make this dream come true, and we look forward to bringing the preview technology to more devices.”

For the first time in May 2014, the service was presented by Microsoft at the Recode Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California. Back then, Skype boss Gurdeep Singh Pall demonstrated the function live with a German conversation partner. While the translation from German to English was neat, the translation from English to German was flawed and worked by machine. Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO) emphasized on this occasion: "It is about creating a learning system that improves with the number of data."

It is still unclear whether Microsoft Skype Translator is now being integrated into its VoIP application on other platforms or is planned. Furthermore, there are no plans for Windows 10 Mobile, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS or Blackberry.