October 2015: Skype can now translate live conversations in any combination of English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish.
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This speech recognition breakthrough was first demonstrated in Microsoft Research in 2012:
Now it's working live in Skype.
Maybe it's not as necessary to learn a new language as it used to be.
Translating freely and real-time between five different European languages? Awesome. But the fact that they have Mandarin is what makes me sit up and pay attention--now we can convert between entirely different language trees, which basically opens up every language ever to this type of software.