Skype Translator Feature Now Available For All Skype For Windows Users

Skype Translator is reaching a milestone moment by completing roll out to all Skype for Windows customers!

This takes Skype one step closer to Microsoft mission of empowering people to do more, even across languages. Microsoft hopes that their customers can achieve their goals through relationships that would have previously been impossible.

Microsoft launched Skype Translator preview just over a year ago in partnership with Microsoft Translator. Skype Translator has come a long way since then and we wanted to share some fun facts to date:

  • French to English is the most popular language pair
  • The number of calls per day has increased 400% since launch
  • The top international Skype Translator calling corridor is Germany to Ghana

Through voice-to-voice translation, all of our Skype for Windows customers can now speak in seven languages: Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Through text-to-text translation, our customers can now write in over 50 instant message languages.

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With the continued adoption of Skype Translator, Microsoft is working on rolling out new languages and platforms—bringing the translation feature to more Skype apps and implementing an even wider selection of languages. Microsoft is dedicated to continue the growth of this new chapter in communication which has enabled people to connect globally, for free.

To start using Skype Translator today, Skype for Windows customers click on the globe in the upper right hand corner of the app (shown below).

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If your Skype for Windows app does not have a globe, please ensure that your app is update to date by downloading the latest version. After that, you will be all set to wish family and friends around the world a happy new year!

Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build Bringing Skype Integration, Edge Improvements

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Microsoft detailed a number of statistics relating to the performance of apps on its Windows 10 platform, alongside a new build of the operating system for its testing community.

According to Microsoft, more than half of visits to the Windows Store now come from Windows 10 users. Given the relative youth and market share scale of Windows 10 compared to Windows 8.x, it’s an encouraging statistic.

Microsoft also stated that Windows 10 generates twice the engagement and four times the revenue on a per user basis compared to its predecessor. Like Amazon, Microsoft is not releasing precise statistics, but, instead, comparative metrics that appear encouraging; we can compare this to Amazon’s past announcements about how its new Kindle is the best-selling yet and so forth.

Still, even carefully selected positive data can be useful. The above is predicated on the recently released figure that there are 110 million devices running Windows 10 today, which is 11 percent of where Microsoft expects to be in a year or two.

More engagement and more revenue implies happier developers. Or at least more piqued developers, I’d wager.

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Also out is a new build of Windows 10 — build 10565 — which is out now for those in the company’s testing community who have signed up to receive new code as quickly as possible.

The latest build includes improvements to Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, to help the service understand notes that were handwritten on a screen. Ink, in other words. Given Microsoft’s focus on pen-based input, the addition is sensible.

In Edge, Microsoft’s new browser that will eventually fully supplant Internet Explorer, a new tab preview option lets users hover over a browser tab to see a quick preview of its content. Yes, this echoes past work the company has done on the Start Bar.

Finally, among the most interesting additions is the integration of Skype’s various communications capabilities into Windows 10 itself; Skype proper isn’t going anywhere, but Microsoft wants to take its tools and bake them into the operating system itself. (The shiver up the back of your neck is the specter of antitrust past, naturally.)

The Skype integration was previously promised, and Microsoft promised similar functionality for the mobile-edition of Windows 10 as well.

Microsoft has had a decent few weeks. Its hardware event went well, Windows 10 has failed to flop, and the company’s update cadence has so far, at least, beaten my expectations.

Make a Skype for Business call but use your PBX desk phone for audio

If you have a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) desk phone and your IT department has configured it to work with Skype for Business you can search for people in your organization and place calls to them from within the Skype for Business client, while audio for the call flows through your standard desk (PBX) phone. You can also place calls from the Skype for Business client using any phone near you (like your mobile, home, or hotel phone). The person you’re calling sees your phone number as though you were calling from your company’s main phone number. When you make a Skype for Business call with audio routed through your PBX desk phone, you get great audio, plus:

  • IM—so you can do a quick copy/paste of a URL you want to share, for example
  • Desktop and app sharing—so you can easily show and tell, work through problems, or explain stuff with visuals
  • Attachments—send files to the other person without leaving Skype for Business

Note   There are some things you can’t do in this scenario—like record your meeting, upload a PowerPoint or other file, use the Skype for Business video, Whiteboard, OneNote integration, and polling and Q&A features. And you won’t be able to add people to the call—this is a you-and-one-other-person scenario. If you need any of these Skype for Business features, then you should set up regular Skype for Business meeting that is not routed through your PBX desk phone.

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This is a feature that your admin has to configure for your company. There’s a really easy way to tell if your company has this enabled this functionality. From the main Skype for Business window, click the gear icon () to bring up the Options dialog. If you see Call Forwarding in the list, then Skype for Business is not set up to work through your desk phone. If you see Call Handling in the list, then your desk phone is integrated with Skype for Business.

Prep work—set the Call Handling, Outgoing Calls number to your PBX desk phone

If you want to use your PBX desk phone for your Skype for Business audio, just set the Outgoing Calls option to use that number.

If you are configured as a boss or delegate, team leader, team member, or Response Group member—or if you have a private line, this feature is not for you. Changing your configuration to use Skype for Business with your PBX desk phone will disable the call handling/call forwarding settings you need to do those other jobs. Also, if you change these settings, for example to forward Skype for Business calls to your mobile phone while you are away from your desk (or if you use the Skype for Business Online client—which automatically sets Simultaneously ring to your mobile number), you’ll need to change the settings back again if you want to make a Skype for Business/PBX desk phone call later, when you return to your office.

  1. From Tools > Options, click Call Handling. (If your UI says Call Forwarding, then you are not configured to use Skype for Business with your PBX desk phone.)
  2. Under Incoming calls, select simultaneously ring, then enter your PBX desk phone number—without the extension, if you have one. (This ensures that if someone from work calls you using the Skype for Business client, then your desk phone will also ring—giving you the option to use it for audio and Skype for Business for sharing and showing.)
  3. Under Outgoing calls, check the Use this number to make calls checkbox, then enter your PBX desk phone number—including your extension, if you have one.
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  5. Make a Skype for Business call! Read on…

 

 

 

Making the PBX desk phone/Skype for Business call

Once the outgoing call number has been set to your PBX desk phone, then when you initiate a call from the Skype for Business client, Skype for Business calls your phone first, you pick up the receiver, you’ll hear the other person’s phone ringing, then they pick up and you are set! Chat and use the Skype for Business client to share and show.

This graphic gives you the big picture:

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Here are the details:

  • In the Skype for Business main screen, search for or find the person you want to call.
  • Hover over their picture until the quick icons appear.
  • Click the phone icon arrow, then choose their work number.

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  • The Skype for Business conversation window opens and the message bar says “Calling….”
  • Your desk phone will ring. (Your phone’s display will indicate an incoming call from your company’s global phone number.)
  • Pick it up!
  • You’ll hear your phone ringing their phone and the Skype meeting message bar will say “Calling remote party….”
  • When they pick up, you’re both good to go. (The Skype message bar will say “Connected.”)

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  • From here, you can add IM to your call. Click the message bubble in the lower left.

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  • …and share your desktop by clicking the present icon.