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Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer (L) and Skype CEO Tony Bates shake hands at their joint news conference in San Francisco, May 10, 2011. Reuters/Susana Bates

Microsoft announced on May 12 that its Skype Translator Preview will be available for all Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview users. The company has removed the sign-up requirement making it easier to obtain the Skype Translator Preview, according to reports.

As mentioned in the Skype Blogs, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview PC or tablet users can now download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store and they (users) can use it as soon as it is downloaded, which means users do not have to sign up or wait.

Skype Translator will be available in four spoken languages i.e. English, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and 50 instant messaging (IM) languages, as per Skype Blogs. With IM, users can write a message in their language and the recipient will get the message in their preferred language, mentions Skype Blogs.

Skype Translator preview was released in December 2014. The primary goal for Skype Translator is to translate many more languages on relevant platforms and to deliver best speech translation experience to more than 300 million connected Skype users, says the Skype Blogs.

According to a report on PC World, Skype Translator works with almost any Skype Client, which means users just need to get the Translator app enabled. Translator looks exactly like the standard metro UI Skype app but the distinguished feature is the ‘Translation Slider Button’ that is visible under the name of each contact when users are in the conversation view, reports PC World.

Users will have to pre-set the language in which they would prefer to speak or write. Translator will prompt the users to pre-set the language when they flip the ‘Translation’ feature or they can choose the language options below the slider, explains the PC World report.

Microsoft suggests that the users use a headset with a microphone instead of a standalone mic during a Translator call and they should use a wired connection instead of Wi-Fi, reports PC World, which also mentioned that translated calls takes more time to connect than a regular Skype call.

As per Skype Blogs, Microsoft has received excellent feedback about the Skype Translator preview from its early adopters.

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