Skype: The final frontier?

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    Microsoft, Skype’s parent company, earlier this year unveiled a public preview of its translator tool, and it’s straight out of Star Trek.

    I have always wanted my relatives that live abroad to be able to connect with my wife here in the U.S. Until now, the fact that they don’t speak the same language has prevented them from being able to have a meaningful conversation. The Skype Translator is on course to change that.

    Although translations for Russian and Ukrainian — the two languages that would have the greatest use within my family — are not yet available, I’m confident they’re on the growing list of soon-to-be supported languages. Currently, the software supports English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin; according to Microsoft, more languages are on the way.

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