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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….

Introducing Document Translation

Today, we are releasing document translation as preview. Document translation is a brand new feature of the Translator service that 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 files with rich content — translate Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or PDFs, and more….

Inuktitut is now available in Microsoft Translator!

Today, we are happy to announce that we have added Inuktitut text translation to Microsoft Translator. Inuktitut, a dialect of the Inuit language Inuktut, is spoken across Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada, and is the mother tongue of about forty thousand Inuit in Canada. Inuktitut is available now in the Microsoft Translator apps, Office, and Translator for Bing.….

Microsoft Translator’s highlights of 2020

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….

Microsoft Custom Translator pushes the translation quality bar closer to human parity

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….

C’est tiguidou ça! Translator adds Canadian French

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….

C’est tiguidou ça! Translator introduit le français canadien

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….

Assamese Text Translation Is Here

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….

Version 2 of Azure Cognitive Services Translator is retiring on 24 May 2021

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.

Translator Adds Two Kurdish Dialects for Text Translation

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….

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