2020 has been a difficult year around the world, but there has been an occasional bright spot. Here are some of the highlights we saw over the last year. New languages and dialects In 2020, we added support for 12 new languages, including seven languages from the Indian subcontinent – Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, and Punjabi; three languages….
Android users can now translate their one-on-one conversations even easier with the new updated speech mode in the Microsoft Translator app. This feature was added to iOS in July and is now available for Android users. With Auto mode, you don’t need to push the microphone button when it’s your turn to talk—just choose your languages, turn on the mic,….
The Custom Translator journey to be on the leading edge of machine translation technology continues. In early August 2020, we started our Custom Translator upgrade from Long Short-Term Memory (aka LSTM) based neural machine translation architecture (or V1) to our Microsoft Translator’s state-of-the-art Transformer based architecture (or V2). V2 is the same translation architecture which powers the standard uncustomized Translator….
Today, we are releasing Canadian French as a unique language option within Microsoft Translator. Previously, we offered French as a single language option and although the system could translate Canadian French, you could not specifically choose to translate to or from Canadian French rather than European French. Beginning today, you can select “French (Canada)” for Canadian French or “French” for….
Nous annonçons aujourd’hui l’introduction du français canadien comme option linguistique unique au sein de l’application de Microsoft Translator. Jusqu’ à présent, le système traitait la langue française dans son ensemble, sans tenir compte de sa provenance, et même si le système était en mesure de traduire le français canadien, il n’était pas possible de le choisir spécifiquement en tant que….
Image: The Bihu dance, a folk dance from the Indian state of Assam. Today, Microsoft Translator adds Assamese text translation. Assamese is available now, or will be available soon, in the Microsoft Translator apps, Office, and Translator for Bing. It joins Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and English as the 13th commonly used language….
Azure Cognitive Services Translator version 2 was deprecated in May 2018, and is being retired after 3 years on 24 May 2021. If you are still using version 2, migrate to version 3 as soon as possible to avoid service disruption after 24 May 2021. Learn more in the retirement announcement in Azure updates.
Today, Microsoft Translator adds two Kurdish dialects, Northern and Central, to its list of text translation languages. Northern and Central Kurdish are available now, or will be available soon, in the Microsoft Translator app, Office, and Translator for Bing. You can also use Azure Cognitive Services Translator in your own applications, websites, and tools to add Northern and Central Kurdish….
A new security feature for the Translator service is now in generally availability: Virtual Network (VNet) capabilities for Translator, which can be used in conjunction with private links within your own virtual network. You can use VNet to treat Azure the same as you would your own datacenter, giving you an isolated and highly-secure environment to run your virtual machines….
Today, Microsoft Translator adds Dari and Pashto text translation. You can now translate Dari and Pashto to or from any of the more than 70 languages available in Translator. Dari and Pashto are available now, or will be available soon, in the Microsoft Translator app, Office, and Translator for Bing. You can also use Translator, an Azure Cognitive Service, to add Dari and Pashto text translation to your….