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Skype now live translates Arabic besides 7 other languages

Modern Standard Arabic has become the eighth spoken language supported by Microsoft-owned Skype’s Live translator feature.

tech Updated: Mar 09, 2016 14:39 IST
Skype Translator now speaks Arabic.
Skype Translator now speaks Arabic.(AFP)

Modern Standard Arabic has become the eighth spoken language supported by Microsoft-owned Skype’s Live translator feature.

Though best known as a voice and video calling service baked into a number of Windows devices, Skype has been pushing the boundaries of technology in order to break down communication barriers since 2014.

Skype Live Translator rolled out in beta form in December 2014, enabling live translation between English and a number of the world’s other most spoken languages -- Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Mandarin and Italian.

Arabic has several different dialects and while Microsoft hopes that eventually its systems will be smart enough to handle them all, Skype can only translate Modern Standard Arabic for the moment. But it’s a start -- this form of Arabic is the one taught in schools and used by journalists.

And while recognizing and translating spoken languages in real time is a slow process, Skype already supports 50 written languages for text messaging while calling.