Microsoft Translator live feature preview

The Microsoft Translator live feature preview 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 or Windows) and from the browser at:

The feature is free to use while in preview and is conveniently reached at this easy to remember and share URL:

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, a Microsoft Garage project.

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 50+ languages

How do I get started?

To get started, download the Microsoft Translator app or start a translated conversation from your browser at:

Microsoft Translator App in the Windows Store
Microsoft Translator App in the App Sore
Microsoft Translator App in Google Play store
Microsoft Translator App on Amazon

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 (Q1 2017).

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