The service can translate 50 languages in text and four in speech, and is available across the mobile spectrum, Android and iOS included. Skype said that Windows desktop users will enjoy the same benefits by September.
“To bring Skype Translator into more people’s lives, today we are happy to announce that the Skype Translator preview technology will be coming to the Skype for Windows desktop app. We are targeting the end of summer 2015 for the rollout to begin,” said Skype’s Yasmin Khan.
Microsoft removed a sign-up restriction for the service last month, making the Translate features an easy to use option. This move had an immediate impact.
“We made it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. Since then, we have seen a 300 percent increase in Skype Translator use,” she added.
The service currently has the ability to translate English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin when spoken, and can tackle 50 written languages via instant messaging.
Khan said that when users type to a contact through the system the recipient will receive the text in their chosen language. She added that Skype plans to further update the system, including adding new spoken languages.