As mentioned, though, this is for Insiders running the preview build of Windows 10 with the latest version of the Skype Preview app, so in other words it's still in testing before it's rolled out to the general Skype population. With this update, the users will now be able to use Skype to call people on their mobile phones and also communicate across different languages, even if they do not have Skype. When the person on the other side picks up, they'll be played a message telling them the call is being recorded and translated, and then the call takes place with short delays for the translated audio.
The promise of the app is that it will allow a group of people who speak different languages to hold a conversation in person, as well as make it easier for people visiting foreign countries to more easily overcome language barriers.
The translator now available in a number of languages including with English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian and Spanish. Calls can be forwarded to landlines or mobiles.
With the new features available in Microsoft Translate, the firm is entering an already crowded market of translation apps.
Microsoft said: "The personal universal translator has always been a dream of science fiction, but today that dream becomes a reality: Microsoft Translator now translates in-person conversations in real time with up to 100 speakers using their own smartphone, tablet".
In addition to this, the users will be able to call the people who are have been saved on their profile as a Skype contact with a mobile phone or a landline, although making such calls will require the caller to have a subscription or a Skype credit. What makes it even more accessible is that the translation feature needs to be in the app used by the calling party only - the receiver will automatically benefit from it. One nice benefit of the approach: The more people use it, the better it gets. The company also used it to help people who don't speak English apply for state-issued identification cards in NY.