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Real-time speech translation coming to Skype later this year

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By Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 May 2014 09:16 pm EDT
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At the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA tonight, head of Microsoft's Skype and Lync Gurdeep Singh Pall showed off a peek at what he and his team have been working on — real-time speech translation for Skype calls.

The demo showed Pall's English being translated — both the speech and in captions — to German, as his German colleague's voice was translated to English. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the feature would be available (in beta) later this year. The company plans to have the feature on "as many devices and apps as possible."

Source: Tech Crunch

59 comments

Dan-AddictedtoBB

Very nice!

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BadGoliath42

I'm curious to see if it will be functional enough to be used for everyday conversation.

It will probably be as good as any voice recognition software can get though, which varies a lot from person to person.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30STA100-5/10.3.0.296

shupor

Probably worse IMO. Language translation services are crappy as is now slap on voice recognition to already crappy translation and you will have one big mess

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ChicPolice

+100000 it's just gonna be another addition to the already buggy adware laden Skype

Posted Using the magical typings of da "Q"

Xandrex_BSCF

I disagree. I have used for a long time the translator bot in Windows Live Messenger from Spanish to French and it worked perfectly provided your sentences are not complex.

Here, you add the speech recognition and the vocal synthesising, which will certainly be not perfect, but shouldn't add so much difficulty to the translating part.

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farmwersteve

Lol, this might give a whole new meaning to lost in translation!

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masterful

Best movie ever

 Slicing using my 

Dr. Philf

Good one! Lolol

#EatSleepPhilfRepeat

Emirati

I'm really hoping for a native Skype app for BB10.

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typ1cal3rr0r

Ditto. That's what I want to see this year.

10.3.0.296 on ZedOneZero

Xandrex_BSCF

Are you aware that Skype for BB10 gets features before Skype for WP?

It sounds crazy but this is the case. Native or not.

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DaSchwantz

Hmmm...is this something BlackBerry could do?

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peterallcdn

It(text version for BBM) was very briefly discussed with Michael Clewley back in September of last year on Twitter. No idea if it ever went anywhere...

https://twitter.com/jmznvs/status/378884876134408192

HaberNik

Universal translator! Beam me up!

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

BerryRipe

Come to BlackBerry baby!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

simu31

I seriously hope they are using a different translation engine than the one Bing uses, because even it's written results are TERRIBLE !!!

Si.

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jope28

Hmmm.. I've had great results from the Bing translation engine using combos of French, English & Spanish.

Q10SQN100-1/10.2.1.3175 CB10'n

simu31

I speak French fluently. Trust me, it sucks !!

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BlackBerrari

Simu is right, it sucks big time!!!

Ferrari ZetaTrenta 10.2.1.2102 - STA100-2

SK122387

I bet they won't even update the BlackBerry 10 Skype app to include this.

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imcurved

Good guess. Chances are next to nothing.

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tommo7788

Hardly a BlackBerry 10 app is it!

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Jonathank

I have been saying this should come to BBM. I send a message in English and someone that speaks Spanish it would automatically translate it so basically anyone can talk with anyone

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BerryRipe

Dude that's an awesome idea! Someone should voice this to John Chen!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

Nathan Hesketh

The problem is that even with decently accurate translation, some words or phrases have different meanings. If you translate literally, lots of laughs can be had. It would never (not anytime soon, anyways) be perfect.

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Gvo1975

At least you have an idea about what is being said.Had a friend from Brazil on BBM and I was using FancyTran.We had laughs but had a nice chat anyway.

Incurable Q10 Syndrome.....Keep away!!!!!!

toy4mud

Hopefully you were translating from Portuguese.

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tinochiko

Same! And with something that learns to take culture and context into account http://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?t=924851

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Originalloverman

Yea i agree would be amazing if bbm incorporate something of the sort like that with a better engine and with its own BlackBerry unique twist.

Send from the amazing powers of the  Z30

BCITMike

I could have used that this week and last!

But I imagine there will be some delay, due to how different languages speak. I think just having text translations would be good enough for me.

tufcustomer

I wonder if BlackBerry has any update in the works for BBM video.

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SparkyBC

I would actually have to use Skype to care...

semime

I don't often use Skype but can appreciate the technology if this proves functional - nice.

BerryRipe

Exactly!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

61728297886numbers

That is pretty awesome

Swordsmanship Channel C000C9AF6

BlueCanuck

Dankeshein!

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Prem WatsApp

That German in the demo pic needs work, bitteschön!

Good start though and nice attempt, but there's a reason that's still beta or earlier.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

BlackBerrari

Well... based on what is written in German on this pic, the translation does not really work as the sentence doesn't make any sense... but we didn't expect something else from Microsoft...

Ferrari ZetaTrenta 10.2.1.2102 - STA100-2

Prem WatsApp

Sorry, should've scrolled down one further! :-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

David in Durham

Yeah, if the German in the picture is any indication of the quality of the translation, I'd strongly recommend against using Skype's simul-translation for mission-critical applications.

BlackBerrari

Just imagine the future conversation of a i.e. Spanish user having trouble with Windows getting Skype support from the MS Customer service representative sitting in, i.e. Bangalore, having this translator on and trying to find the source of an error message and the solution for it...

Hilarious... =)

Ferrari ZetaTrenta 10.2.1.2102 - STA100-2

truongflyson

Skype is worst for this platform

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berrymanicpie

What I wanted for BBM is now on Skype. ...

Posted from my Awesome Z10!

Drew Oswalt

Lets see how it translates for all the Chinese dialects.

Will eventually be posted via CB10 on my Z70

DetlevCM

It would help if Skype worked well in the first place....

Computer Skype to Computer Skype tends to work well most times.
Anything else.. especially paid for (!!!) calls to phone lines were rather horrendous in quality... - when a Skype call was fine or a normal phone call would be fine too (where the latter is just daylight robbery on a mobile).

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Kaye_max008

Think they should focus on stabilising their apps like Blackberry's

Z10 10.2.1.2228

kirshan

It's for this kind of work that I love Microsoft, that's why I didn't mind when Microsoft took over Skype

Typed blind on my Q10!

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RaulHernandez

Empecemos por una versión nativa de Skype para BlackBerry 10, y no el horrendo port de Android.

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z30 OS 10.2.1

LateToTheGame

My Spanish is almost non existent, but I understand and agree! :)

Lucas D

Try converting Australian language lol don't reckon mate

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Prem WatsApp

BB Voice Control has a hard time with it, doesn't help if you speak Teayownsville or Caaai(r)ns vernacular, not a chance.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

hardeyemi

No native Skype app for bb10....yuck.....bbm video rocks....

Z10STL100-1/10.2.1.3175

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bitratebb

Wow this German is bad.

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Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

I imagine that the new version won't work on BlackBerry 10

athomas917

Wouldn't it be great if bbm was backwards compatible with Skype and vice versa like MSN Messenger was with Yahoo messenger?

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elchoppoloco

They need berry to berry face time with out using bbm

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LateToTheGame

I could care less about real-time voice translation. I mean, just how many conversations do you actually have with people who don't speak a common language? I'd hazard a guess at somewhere close to zero. Any effort for Skype on BB10 should be directed at making it do the core stuff well - i.e. native and relatively bug-free.

Rootbrian

Hahahaah, I wonder if it'll be able to translate backwards english to forwards english or to another language by mistake. XD

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.