So what are the impacts? The world has become incredibly small in the last 20 years or so, and it continues to shrink. When Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011, it became a huge player in video calling and messaging, including the integration of Skype into office environments with Skype for Business (formerly Lync). As of 2014, it had about 4.9 million daily active users, and that number has since climbed.
Companies have offices all over the world, and while English has become the de facto language in the business environment, not everyone speaks it. That's why Skype's venture into "universal translator" territory will be such a boon for workers looking to boost their careers or expand their business into the international market. Or for those who have more personal needs.
For me, this technology is a way of bridging the gap between branches of my family tree that otherwise might have lost touch and creating a new level of understanding between disparate cultures. It's becoming inevitable that, eventually, we will all be able to communicate effectively with people from anywhere in the world to learn from them and they from us.
If Skype is successful with the launch of its final, polished product and adds support for new languages, it could become the company that levels the language barriers of the world.
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