Everybody can try Skype's real-time translation software

— 5:02 PM on May 12, 2015

Skype's Translator app is one of those pieces of software that makes you feel like you're living in the future. Users can speak (or type) messages in their native language, and the application translates that communication into the recipient's native tongue in near-real-time. Translator has been in a semi-closed beta, but today, the app is available for anybody to download and try. If you haven't seen this in action yet, it's really cool:

Now, this isn't Star Trek's universal translator just yet. Real-time audio translations are only available for English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin, though text messages can be translated among any of 50 languages. Skype says more languages are coming soon, and that each conversation that preview users hold will help improve the experience for everyone.

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