Skype has introduced an exciting new feature designed to improve video calls. Skype TrueVoice, as it’s called, allows real-time translations in ongoing calls and conferences, and it does it in your own voice.
What Skype TrueVoice can do
In Skype-to-Skype video calls, it is now possible by means of AI functions to translate the calls in real time and that with the voice of the respective caller or even both interlocutors. Skype TrueVoice is the name of the new feature, which has now been introduced on the own blog.
This is made possible by a combination of a speech recognition technology and a Natural Language Processing (NLP). This enables Skype to recognize and interpret spoken words and thus translate them into the desired language.
If desired, even your own voice can be used. At least to the greatest extent possible, as Skype TrueVoice uses AI to compose the words and adjust the translation to sound like the caller in question, which should make for a more normal and human conversation. Microsoft doesn’t go into specific detail about how the technology works, however.
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Available in multiple languages
Skype TrueVoice is available in a number of different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and more, Microsoft says. To activate the feature, simply go to the three dots in a call and select “Translate” there.
Skype will then direct both call participants to start translating the conversation. In 2023, this kind of real-time translation will then come to group chats and to the telephony functions. In addition, other new technologies are promised for the coming year.