Skype is one of the most commonly used programs for instant messaging, as well as chatting over the Internet and rightfully so, it has proved to be a simple, well designed and extremely reliable program which is free for all practical purposes. Since it is so popular worldwide, it’s obvious that Skype is used by people who speak a variety of languages. A large number of such users speak with others users who may not speak and understand their language and thus face a communication barrier. But this barrier is now a thing of the past with the recent release of an automatic translation tool for Skype called the Skype Translator.
The Skype Translator works only with Windows operating system and also requires Microsoft .net Framework 2.0. It is a plug-in that uses Google Translator to produce automatic translations for conversations in Skype. Google Translator itself does not need any introduction as it is one of the most widely used tools for automatic translation. Though it may not turn out perfect translations, it works fairly well especially considering the fact that it’s free. A very useful feature of the Google Translator is its api which can be integrated with other web services and even software to provide them with translation options.
After installation the Skype Translator require access rights in order to work. These rights can be allowed or refused in the first run of the plug in. After the rights have been given, a user can chat with his/her contacts using an external interface which is a separate window that contains translation options using which incoming and outgoing messages can be translated. When a user sends a message after enabling the translation option, the translated message will appear in the receiver’s window. One can chat in this external window without using the Skype interface. You can download the Skype Translator here.