December 14 2016 update: This new version of Skype Preview has started rolling out to consumers with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Since its introduction in 2014, Skype Translator has made it easier for you to connect with people around the world on Skype no matter where they are. We love bringing people together, and so today, we’re excited to announce the next milestone for Skype Translator: voice translation for calls to mobiles and landlines* on Skype Preview. You can now use Skype to call people on their phones and communicate across languages, even if they do not have Skype.
Starting today, we’re rolling out this new feature to members of the Windows Insider Program.** If you are a member of the program, ensure that you have the latest version of Skype Preview installed on your PC and that you have Skype Credit or a subscription. Select the dial pad, enter a phone number to see a Skype Translator option next to the call button. Tap it to bring up settings for Skype Translator. From here set the languages and place the call. Once the person on the other side picks up they will hear a short message stating that the call is being recorded and translated through Skype Translator and then you can start talking!
Additionally, you can start a call if someone is a Skype contact with a mobile or landline stored in the profile.* Select the contact, tap on the Skype Translator icon to bring up translate options. Save your options then tap the call button and select the phone number you want to call.
Skype Translator currently supports nine spoken languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic, and Russian. Also, a good reminder that wearing a headset will significantly improve the Skype Translator calling experience. The more Skype Translator is used, the higher the quality of translations. We’re excited about this next milestone as it expands to getting more people using Skype Translator.
This new version of Skype Preview includes additional features such as:
- Introduce friends and family on Skype by sharing their Skype contact details
- Capture and share video messages with friends and family on Skype—even if they’re not online
- Manage your conversations and save time by marking conversations as read or unread
- Don’t miss another call by forwarding them to a mobile or landline*
We would love to hear what you think. Take a moment to visit the Windows Feedback app, search for Skype and upvote a trending topic or create a new entry.
Thanks for continuing to take this journey with us, we can’t wait to bring you even more!
*Requires Skype Credit or a subscription to use. To learn more, please visit Skype.com.
**The Windows Insider Program by Microsoft allows you to sign up for early builds of the Windows operating system ahead of release to consumers. The program is open to anyone, including early adopters and Windows enthusiasts who enjoy beta testing new software and want to provide feedback to Microsoft.