It seems that Microsoft is trying to make Skype the world’s best interpreter, as the company has just announced that Skype Translator, the real-time speech translation service, is now supporting the Japanese language.
This means that Skype Translator is now supporting ten languages: English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, and, of course, Japanese. So, for example, if you are an Italian who doesn’t know Russian, don’t worry because Skype Translation can translate to your native language.
According to reports, the Skype Translator is using two neural-network based Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies: Machine Translation and Automatic Speech Recognition. Microsoft claims that this feature is using TrueText natural language processing technology and a text speech synthesizer, allowing users to hear and not only read the translation.
However, we have to mention that Microsoft is not the only company who’s trying to fix, one way or another, the language barriers between English and Japanese speakers. For example, back in January 2017, Google has added a real-time Japanese translation capability to the World Lens app, a very popular application for travelers.
At the same time, Google Translate app allows you to take a picture of a Japanese text and view it in English, but the new real-time speech recognition is surely a feature that will be used by companies from Japan to keep in touch with their associates and customers from all over the world.
It’s not sure yet what new languages will be added to Skype Translator, but we’re pretty sure that Microsoft is trying very hard to lure more companies to use its Skype services in the future.
Google is also trying to keep up the pace with Microsoft, as the system developed by the big search engine company is now able to translate the whole sentences at a time, with more accurate results than before.