Microsoft's Skype Translator, which attracted widespread attention and curiosity at the time of launch, has been cleared for use today.
The translator will work on both video calls as well as instant messages. While translations will be possible for video calls in only English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin languages, instant messaging will be translated in up to 50 languages.
The Translator will be available for download in Windows Store for devices running the latest Windows operating system. So far, there has been no news yet on its release in Android and iOS platforms.
"We are breaking down language barriers that have historically made it challenging for friends and families to connect," said Skype's Yasmin Kahn.
"Our goal for Skype Translator is to translate as many languages as possible on relevant platforms, and to deliver the best speech translation experience to our more than 300 million connected Skype customers," she added.
We expect the total number of languages covered by the translator to increase substantially in the coming years to keep pace with Skype's reach and popularity and also to compete with other voice-calling and instant messaging platforms.