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Microsoft Translator introduces the world’s first personal universal translator

  The personal universal translator has long been a dream of science fiction, but today that dream becomes a reality: Microsoft Translator now translates in-person conversations in real time with up to 100 speakers using their own smartphone, tablet, or PC. This new feature allows people to communicate in different languages face to face using their own language on their….

Microsoft Translator launching Neural Network based translations for all its speech languages

Microsoft Translator is now powering all speech translation through state-of-the-art neural networks. All speech translation apps that use this service, such as Skype Translator and the Microsoft Translator app for mobile devices, are now using neural network technology.  Furthermore, the technology is available to all developers and end-users who want to use the Microsoft Translator speech API to integrate the….

Fine-tune and customize your translations in Translator for Bing

Now available in Translator for Bing ( – use categories to get text translations that are fine-tuned to the topic at hand, or even fully customized to your organization’s terminology and style. Just type “?category=xyz”, where xyz is the category, at the end of the URL (for instance If you need to translate tech-related, speech-based content, or frequently translate….

Introducing Filipino and five other Austronesian languages: Fijian, Malagasy, Samoan, Tahitian and Tongan, for Microsoft Translator

Today, Microsoft Translator announces the availability of six Austronesian languages in its core text translation API: Fijian, Filipino, Malagasy, Samoan, Tahitian, and Tongan. Being able to improve communications that traverses a breadth of geography is important when supporting communications between peoples, business and governments and to bring people of different cultures closer together.  Austronesian languages are spoken as far west….

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. With this release, businesses, developers and end users alike will have access to this language in the various apps and services offered or powered by Microsoft Translator:….

Communicate quicker and better with Phrasebooks and the Bilingual Dictionary in the new version of the Microsoft Translator apps!

We’ve got a couple of great new features available now in the Microsoft Translator apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire—Phrasebooks and the Bilingual Dictionary. If you’re trying to communicate in a language you don’t understand, phrasebooks can help you find the sentence, phrase, or word(s) you’re looking for quicker than ever. If you are a language learner, the new….

Microsoft Translator now available for all Edge users with the Windows 10 Anniversary update

Microsoft Edge – Turn on translation by clicking on the Translator icon in the top right corner of the browser Skype Preview – Turn on translation by selecting “Translate” from the More (…) menu in the top right corner of the app If you have received the Windows 10 Anniversary update, you can now translate foreign language web pages for….

Introducing Cantonese for Microsoft Translator

Today, Microsoft Translator launches Cantonese text translation, the new language will be available throughout Microsoft Translator’s ecosystem of supported products* to empower individuals and organizations through quick and cost-effective translation. Cantonese (Language code YUE) is spoken by about 55 million people in China, and another 20M globally. With the new language, governments, communities and, people will be able to communicate….

“Welkom” Afrikaans to Microsoft Translator

Cape Town, South Africa Today, Afrikaans joins the list of 50+ text translation languages supported by Microsoft Translator. The language is now, or will soon be available in all of Microsoft products with Translation features powered by Microsoft Translator. Afrikaans is spoken by over 7 million people worldwide as a primary language, with most being concentrated in western South Africa….

Australian Museum and the University of New South Wales Team with Microsoft to Preserve Australian Aboriginal Languages

In 1901, the year of the Australian Federation, there were 750 aboriginal languages spoken around the newly formed nation. Today there are fewer than 20 languages in active use. The rest are categorized by UNESCO from threatened to extinct. We are pleased to announce Microsoft’s partnership with the Australian Museum and the University of New South Wales to launch the….

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