Language barrier is a hindrance to communication. Skype knows this and that is why back in 2014 the company introduced Skype Translator. Skype Translator makes it easier for you to connect with people around the world on Skype no matter their dialect. Through this feature, two individuals speaking two different languages can have a chart via Skype. The only catch was that both individuals had to be using Skype.
Well the Skype Team is expanding this feature two years since its launch. You can now use Skype to call people on their phones and communicate across languages courtesy of Skype Translator even if they do not have Skype. As from 8th December this year Skype enabled voice translation for calls to mobiles and landlines.
To access this new feature you need to be subscribed to the Windows Insider Program, more specifically the Fast Ring. The Windows Insider Program allows you to sign up for early builds of the Windows. The Program allows you to beta test new software. Then you will have to grab the latest version of Skype Preview version 220.127.116.11. You will also need Skype Credit or a subscription if you intend to make calls to mobiles and landlines.
- Select the dial pad and enter a phone number.
- You will see a Skype Translator option next to the call button.
- Tap it to bring up settings for Skype Translator.
- It is here that you set the respective languages.
- Once you are done go ahead and place the call.
Once the other person on the other side picks up they will hear a short message stating that the call is being recorded and translated through Skype Translator and then you can start talking. With the new version of Skype Preview you can forward calls to your mobile or landline. Note that you will need Skype Credits or a subscription to use this feature.
As of now Skype Translator supports the following nine spoken languages:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Portuguese (Brazilian)