Remote Multilingual Interpretation Services on SkypeAs one of the longest-running videoconferencing platforms around, Skype is familiar to businesses and users worldwide. At Trusted Translations, our experts can provide you with professional remote interpretation via Skype for all your communication needs.
Professional Interpretation Using Skype
First launched in 2003, Skype has become a household name when it comes to remote videoconferencing options. Although the Microsoft-owned platform faced stiff competition during the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains popular around the world, with over 300 million monthly active users.
As a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) platform, Skype uses an internet connection to make and receive calls. Hosts download the Skype app, create an account, and sign in; for Skype meetings, you will add an interpreter just like you would add any other participant.
Much of Skype’s language support documentation is for Skype Translator, the platform’s voice-to-voice translator. However, machine translators are not a substitute for a live human interpreter, especially in high-stakes or high-complexity industries. When it comes to live interpretation, Skype doesn’t yet have the same special features developed by other platforms, such as dedicated language channels and designations for interpreters.
Pros of Skype for Remote Interpretation
Does that mean Skype is not a good solution for multilingual organizations? Not at all—Skype is still preferred by many businesses, and it includes several positive features to consider when choosing your video remote interpretation platform, such as:
- Group video calling for up to 100 people with the free version
- Widely used around the world
- Availability on numerous devices
- Affordability, with a solid free version option
Skype is distinguished by its widespread availability and general affordability. Skype has relatively low costs; in fact, most individuals find that the free version of Skype suits their one-to-one or small meeting needs. Skype is also available on more devices than many of its competitors, most notably on tablets, Alexa, and even Xbox, which can help you extend your global reach in a budget-conscious way.
Cons of Skype for Remote Interpretation
Yet, there are some limitations when it comes to the use of Skype for interpretation:
- Users report freezing, lagging, and audio glitches
- Required Skype Credit or subscription for mobile/landline calling
- Security concerns; may be blocked in certain countries
- Lack of collaborative features compared to other platforms
Skype requires the use of Skype Credit or the purchase of a subscription in order to call mobiles and landlines, and international calling is charged at call rates that vary based on country. Since one benefit of remote interpretation is the ability to source quality interpreters from all over the world, these costs must be taken into consideration.
Also, Skype is blocked or restricted in several countries that limit the use of VoIPs either due to security concerns, such as in Qatar and Guyana, or in favor of their own national VoIP telecom services, such as in Brazil and Belize. If you use Skype, due diligence is required to make sure it can reach your target markets.
Trusted Translations offers professional translators that are well versed in Skype remote simultaneous and consecutive interpretation. If you are not sure which video remote interpretation platform is right for you, our experienced team can also help you make the perfect choice for your business.