Machine Translation

Machine Translation







Machine Translation is one of the most important applications of Natural Language Processing. Formed in 2002, the Machine Translation Group, part of the broader Speech and Language group at Microsoft AI and Research, focuses on eliminating language barriers and enabling global communication for written and spoken languages. Our team of research scientists and engineers are working on breakthroughs in deep learning, along with scalable and high performance systems, to deliver the best translation quality to Microsoft and our customers. Our team is working on innovations that are used by millions of users on daily basis, and to deliver on the fabled “universal translator” showed – so far – only in sci-fi movies.

Our work powers Microsoft Translator API, which has been used by Microsoft products since 2006, and has been available as an API for customers since 2011. It’s now used extensively within familiar Microsoft products such as Bing, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Office, SharePoint, Skype, Yammer, and Microsoft Translator Apps.

Check out these videos to see how the Microsoft Translator API live feature powers real-time multi-device translations among staff and parents of the Chinook Middle School in the Seattle area.

Translator Blogs

Microsoft and Huawei deliver Full Neural On-device Translations

Microsoft is delivering the world’s first fully neural on device translations in the Microsoft Translator app for Android, customized for the Huawei Mate 10 series. Microsoft achieved this breakthrough by partnering with Huawei to customize Microsoft’s new neural technology for Huawei’s new NPU (Neural Processing Unit) hardware.

October 2017

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Bringing AI translation to edge devices with Microsoft Translator

In November 2016, Microsoft brought the benefit of AI-powered machine translation, aka Neural Machine Translation (NMT), to developers and end users alike. Last week, Microsoft brought NMT capability to the edge of the cloud by leveraging the NPU, an AI-dedicated processor integrated into the Mate 10, Huawei’s latest flagship phone.

October 2017

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Microsoft Translator erodes language barrier for in-person conversations.

Microsoft Translator is now supporting in-person machine translation technology, developed by the machine translation group at Microsoft’s research lab in Redmond, also can ease communications for travelers in a foreign country who need to speak with hotel receptionists, taxi drivers and museum tour guides. Teachers can use it to communicate with parents of students who speak different languages at home.

December 2016

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Introducing Russian Speech Translation for Microsoft Translator

Today, Microsoft Translator announces the availability of the Russian language as its ninth speech translation language in addition to the existing ones: Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Spanish.

October 2016

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Skype Translator Available to all Skype for Windows Users

It’s been just a little over a year since its initial launch in December 2014, Skype Translator is now available to all Skype for Windows desktop users. The app, powered by Microsoft Translator, lets users have translated voice-to-voice conversations in 7 different…

January 2016

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