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Multilingual translation at scale: 10000 language pairs and beyond

Microsoft is on a quest for AI at Scale with high ambition to enable the next generation of AI experiences. The Microsoft Translator ZCode team is working together with Microsoft Project Turing and Microsoft Research Asia to advance language and multilingual support at the core of this initiative. We continue to push frontiers with Multilingual models to support various language….

Translator now translates more than 100 languages

Today, we added 12 new languages and dialects to the Microsoft Translator service– Bashkir, Dhivehi, Georgian, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Mongolian (Traditional), Tatar, Tibetan, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek (Latin)—bringing the total number of languages available in Translator to 103. You can read more about this news in the Microsoft AI announcement blog, the Microsoft Research blog, and the Azure Tech….

Microsoft Translator releases literary Chinese translation

When reading ancient Chinese poetry, we often marvel at the very wonderful words ancient writers could use to describe people, events, objects, and scenes. This is a splendid cultural treasure that has been left behind for us. However, similar to Shakespeare’s verses in the English language, the literary Chinese used by these poets is often difficult for modern day people to understand, and the meanings….

New Speech Regions and Updated Language Picker in the Translator App

Today we are adding regional accents to the Microsoft Translator app on iOS and Android. Known as Speech Regions, you can now select the accent of text-to-speech audio output you would like to hear while using the app. For instance, if you wanted to hear a translation into English you would be able to select American, British, Australian, or other….

Access your conversations with a permanent conversation code using Microsoft Translator

Today, we’ve updated the Translator conversations feature on the web ( With the new version of conversations on the web, you can now create a preset conversation code that can be reused for your subsequent conversations. You can then invite anyone to join the conversation from their own phone, tablet, or laptop. Preset conversations are designed for educators, presenters, or….

Translate full documents with Document Translation ― Now in General Availability

Today, the Document Translation feature of Translator is in general availability. Document Translation was launched in public preview back in February of this year and is now generally available. This new Translator service translates entire documents, or batches of documents, in a variety of file formats preserving their original structure and format. Document Translation was specifically designed to translate large….

Translator Service Now Available in Containers

Today at Microsoft’s annual Build conference we’re announcing that the Translator service on Azure is now available in containers as gated preview. Containers enable you to run some features of the Translator service in your own environment. Containers are ideal for organizations with limited Internet connectivity, or for organizations with specific security and data governance requirements that prevent them from….

Microsoft Translator app for Windows desktop will be retired soon

The Microsoft Translator app for Windows is no longer available for download from the Microsoft Store. Please read the blog below to discover all your options for translating on your Windows device. The Microsoft Translator app for Windows desktop will no longer be available for download, beginning April 8, 2021. If you have already downloaded the desktop app, it will….

Transcribe and translate your in-person meetings and conversations with the new Group Transcribe app

Available today through the Microsoft Garage, Group Transcribe provides real-time transcription and translation for in-person meetings and conversations. Powered by cutting edge AI speech and language technology, Group Transcribe allows each participant to use their own device, providing highly accurate speaker attribution so conversation participants can see who said what in their preferred language. To use the app, conversation participants….

Microsoft Translator releases nine new languages for International Mother Language Day 2021

Shaheed Minar monument, a symbol of International Mother Language Day. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Today, we’re releasing nine new languages for text translation in Microsoft Translator: Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Khmer, Lao, Myanmar, Nepali, and Tigrinya. This announcement comes on the heels of International Mother Language Day, held annually on February 21st by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural….

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