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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….

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 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….

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