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The universal translator is real, and coming to Skype.

Like the TARDIS or Universal Translator, Microsoft has unveiled a “real-time” language translation feature for its internet phone service Skype.

Chief executive Satya Nadella said the firm would launch a test version of the service, dubbed Skype Translator, for Windows 8 later this year.

The move comes as competition in the internet-based phone service sector has been rising, forcing firms to look at ways to attract more users.

According to Microsoft, Skype currently has 300 million monthly users globally — and as we know from SharePoint, Microsoft never fobs the numbers.

Microsoft did not say if the service will be offered for free or if the users will have to pay a fee.

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