Skype recently released a preview of its translation service, which will connect folks, speaking in different languages, in conversation.

The current version provides translation services between Spanish and English. Going forward, there are plans to expand dramatically.

It will be interesting to see how this new tool will influence cross-cultural communication. Microsoft (the developers of Skype) have already identified education as a target market due to the appeal of "student pen-pals."

For now, the Skype Translator preview is accessible here!