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Windows 10 Skype Translator now works on Skype Calls to Mobile and Landlines

Skype Translator has been especially helpful to the businesses community dealing in international trade. The downside to globalization and international trade is the communication barrier when doing business with folks who do not speak your language or they understand just the basic.

However, with Skype, you have little to worry about. Especially if you are speaking one or more of the following languages: English, French, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Russian, and Arabic. The Sky Translator can automatically convert one of these languages to the other.

Microsoft recently announced another milestone achievement with the Sky Translator that users are going to find even more useful. Skype Translator now works on Skype calls made to mobile and landlines. Previously it was only available to Skype calls made from one computer to another.

This new development means users can now call just about anyone via Skype, the other person receiver’s language notwithstanding. Previously the translator only worked when both the caller and receiver were online on Skype at the same time. The addition of Skype Translator on Skype calls to mobile and landlines means, the caller now does not have to wait until the receiver comes online.

It also means you can reach receivers speaking a different language even when they are offline on Skype; by reaching them on their mobile and landline numbers.

How the Skype Translator works

The translator currently supports the nine spoken languages mentioned above. To get a richer experience, it is advisable the caller wears a headset. Also, the more you use the translator, the better it gets at correctly translating your spoken words to the language of the receiver. But first, you must ensure you are calling from the Windows 10 PC Skype app and have sufficient Skype Credit or subscription to make the call. The rest is as follows:

On the Skype app, select the dial pad and enter the mobile or landline number you want to call

You will see the Skype Translator button located next to the call button

Tap the translator button and settings will pop up

Select the language to which you want the language you are speaking to be translated to

Place the call

When the receiver picks the call, s/he will be notified via a short message telling them the call is being recorded and translated via the Skype Translator. You two can now start conversing in different languages from both ends, but each one of you will hear the other person on the other end speaking the same language you are speaking.

The Translator is currently available only on Skype Preview

The Skype Translator is currently only available to users on the Windows Insider program. Users on this program can find this translation to mobile and landline feature by installing the latest Skype Preview. Other users not in the Insider Program will have to wait until this milestone feature rolls out on the Skype stable channel.

Milicent Atieno

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