The company's real-time beta service running on Windows 8.1 could make the world more openly connected

Microsoft first demonstrated its Skype Translator project at this year’s Re/code Conference with a show-stealing performance of real-time translation between multiple languages. This past week, they announced a round of open signups for Windows customers to try out the new service.

Other demos of the new feature went live at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and a live demo that hit YouTube last May. The demo of real-time German to English (and English to German) translation met with mixed reviews. Some rated it as “pretty good” while others pointed to multiple grammar problems and some unintelligible phrases.

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