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A major mystery behind Microsoft's 'brain-like' speech-to-speech translator

Tim Greene | May 29, 2014
Speech-to-speech translation technology Microsoft is prepping for Skype has an unexplained capability: the more languages it learns, the better it becomes at the languages it learned first.

The underpinnings of the Skype Translate are also drawn upon to power Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, that responds to oral queries with spoken answers.

Microsoft says it will have more details closer to the beta test about how many languages Skype Translate will support and how it becomes aware of what languages it is dealing with in each conversation.


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