Microsoft started rolling out Skype Translator to Windows users which can translate 6 major languages live on an audio call, the supported languages are English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish plus additional 50 messaging languages.
Though Hindi is among the 50 messaging languages, which means Hindi can be translated automatically when you chat with someone in Hindi but not yet on a live call, and Punjabi is not yet listed among the supported languages.
This is really a big step from Microsoft and Skype to start breaking communication barriers across nations as this gives advantage for non–English speakers to easily express themselves and create new collaborative opportunities.
According to Microsoft, this feature is built with machine learning technology which can help Skype Translator get better at translations the more it is being used. Additionally Microsoft said that this feature has been improved a lot with the help of initial testers, and now availability to much larger user base would help improve the feature further.
In order to use this feature, make sure you have the latest version of Skype installed on your PC. Then select your contact > click settings button > select your contact’s language > then make sure the globe icon is on which indicates Skype Translator is running.
Here is a short video from Microsoft that describes how to setup Skype Translator on your PC.
Skype Translator will be available to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 users. Though the update is rolling out to Windows users only, and Microsoft has not provided any timeline when the feature would be available on other platforms.