Real-time translation coming to Skype for Windows this summer

Microsoft has been working on a real-time translation feature for Skype, and last month the company made it easier for users to test a preview of the technology by letting users install the software without requesting an invite. Now the company is getting ready to bring real-time translation to more users. A preview of Skype […]

Microsoft WiFi aims to provide “hassle-free” WiFi access

Microsoft is working on a cross-platform service designed to make it easy for users to connect PCs, tablets, and smartphones to WiFi hotspots. It’s called Microsoft WiFi, and it appears to basically be an updated and rebranded version of the Skype WiFi service… which makes sense, since Microsoft owns Skype. The MicrosoftWiFi website has been […]

Skype’s real-time Translator is now open to all, no sign-up necessary

Skype is now letting anyone use its real-time translation feature to talk to someone who speaks a different language. Microsoft announced it would add real-time translation to its video-calling app about a year ago. Earlier this year, the Skype Translator preview, which included support for English, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese, became available to a small […]

Skype Translator learns to speak Chinese and Italian (in real-time)

Need to translate text from an email message or website from Chinese to English or vice versa? You can pop it into Google Translate, Bing Translator, or another online translation tool. But what if you want to translate a spoken conversation in real-time, while it’s happening? That’s where Skype Translator comes in. Microsoft subsidiary Skype […]

Skype for Web lets you chat from a browser (but not on a Chromebook… yet)

Microsoft has launched a limited beta of Skype for Web which lets you chat and make voice and video calls directly from a web browser. Skype for Web will only be available to a small group of users initially while Microsoft tests the software, but the company plan sot roll out Skype for Web to […]

Skype Translator preview program begins soon

Earlier this year Microsoft demonstrated a new, nearly real-time translation system that lets you chat with someone face-to-face over Skype while speaking different languages. Now the company is getting ready to launch a preview program, and you can sign-up to be one of the first people to test Skype Translator. The preview program will be […]

Skype Translator to bring real-time translation to Windows in 2014

Microsoft is showing off a new technology that brings real-time translation to Skype. The company showed off a demo of Skype Translator at the Code Conference this week, with an English speaker talking face-to-face over Skype to a German speaker while software recognized the words spoken and translated them into written text and spoken words […]

Skype for Android tablets shrinks the video window, runs on top of other apps

Skype has added picture-in-picture mode to its Android tablet app. That means you can start a video call, shrink the video window and keep an eye on it even while you’re running other apps. You can surf the web, check a calendar appointment, or even play a game without exiting your video call. Skype 4.5 […]