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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….

Access your conversations with a permanent conversation code using Microsoft Translator

Today, we’ve updated the Translator conversations feature on the web (translate.it). 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….

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….

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….

Auto mode is now available on Android for one-on-one conversations

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,….

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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