Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

This morning Skype Translator Preview dropped its sign-in requirement, making it easier for new users to take part in the translation action. This app works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview for both PCs and tablets. Users will be able to download the app, open it up, and begin speaking with translation assistance right out the gate. This app currently has four available spoken languages as well as 50 instant messaging languages for use by the public.

Skype Translator can translate your speech with spoken language translation in English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin. This means that when you speak – or the person you're speaking with speaks – Skype will repeat what was said, but in the language you're more familiar with.

If you'd like to take a peek at Skype Translator, head over to the Skype Translator Preview page and have a tap.

The 50 instant messaging languages allow you to type your message to a friend in a different language and find it translated on the other end of the conversation nearly instantly.

This week Microsoft is also highlighting one group that made use of Skype Translator early on in its development process.

This group goes by the name Pro Mujer.

Pro Mujer is a non-profit development organization made for women in Latin America to assist with vital financial, human development, and health services. Based in New York City, Pro Mujer made awesome use of Skype Translator in the few months it's been out for preview – since December of 2014.