Latest in Translation

Skype, the video chat titan responsible for the success of many a long-distance romance, is kicking off a groundbreaking new service: in-video speech translation. The program currently offers live spoken translation between Spanish and English (with more languages to come), as well as text message translation in more than 40 languages. Among the settings: Male and female voices are available, the product edits out "umms" and "uhhhs," and there's even a profanity filter. Some are calling the translator a game changer; Fortune's headline reads: "Microsoft puts a wrecking ball to the language barrier." Still in its preview phase, the service is currently available only to users who have registered, received an invite and are using Windows 8.1. During the first two weeks of sign-ups last spring, more than 50,000 registered. – Michael Dukas

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