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Microsoft Translator live feature

The Microsoft Translator live feature is the first step towards a personal universal translator and Microsoft Translator’s overall goal of breaking the language barrier. It’s a multi-device, multi-language, in person translation feature available in the Microsoft Translator apps (Android, iOS, Windows, and Amazon Fire) and from the browser at http://translate.it.

What are the live feature’s typical use cases?

There are many uses for the live feature, and here are just some of the situations:

Be part of the conversation
Join a conversation regardless of your language. Chat. Share experiences. Make a connection.

Present to a wider audience
Break the language barrier and make your message heard by everyone in the room.

If you are using Microsoft PowerPoint, add real-time subtitles (or closed-captioning for accessibility scenarios) with Presentation Translator.

Immerse as you travel
Interact with ease when traveling internationally. Meet locals. Make new friends.

Make everyone feel welcome
Greet anyone regardless of the language they speak. Provide people with needed information.

How does the live feature work?

The live feature is built on top of Microsoft Translator core speech and text translation APIs. It manages all the different elements necessary to enable these multi-person, multi-device scenarios:

  • Creates and manages private conversation sessions, including the attendees list
  • Manages audio and text flow from and to the speaker(s) and the translation APIs
  • Use of neural network translations for all speech translations languages and statistical machine translations for the other 60+ languages

How do I get started?

To get started, download the Microsoft Translator app or start a translated conversation from your browser at http://translate.it

For developers

An upcoming version of the Microsoft Translator API will allow developers and enterprises to build customized experiences using the live feature. Sign-up on the contact page, if you are interested in joining the early API beta.

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This service is part of Microsoft Cognitive Services