Microsoft Translator launches Levantine Arabic as a new speech translation language

Microsoft Translator has released Levantine, an Arabic dialect spoken in countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, as its latest AI-powered speech translation language. It will help businesses, educators, travelers, and non-profits communicate across the language barrier with Levantine speakers during meetings, presentations, and Skype calls.   credit: Photo of Beit ed-Dine in Lebanon by…

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Microsoft Translator adds Icelandic as a supported language

Microsoft Translator is excited to announce the launch of our latest AI-powered text translation language: Icelandic. It is the first publicly available neural machine translation (NMT) system. Building this system  was a significant technical challenge for the research team due to the limited amount of available training data. To achieve the required translation quality, the team…

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Japanese becomes the 10th speech translation language supported by Microsoft Translator

Today, Microsoft Translator announces the availability of its 10th speech translation language: Japanese. This new language is now available across all Microsoft Translator supported technologies and products along with the already released nine other speech translation languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Microsoft Translator is the first end-to-end speech translation…

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Microsoft Translator Celebrates International Translation Day

Promoted by the International Federation of Translators since 1953, the goal of International Translation Day has been to celebrate the worldwide translation community that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalization. Microsoft celebrates International Translation Day (September 30, 2014) with a look back at what has proven to be a year of exciting announcements from Microsoft…

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Unveiling Breakthroughs in Real-Time Translation with Skype Translator

Earlier this evening Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., in  talk during the Code Conference, unveiled an early look at the Skype Translator app. This app represents a breakthrough in language translation jointly developed by Microsoft researchers and Skype engineers, bridging geographic and language barriers through the use of real-time speech-to-speech translation. The functionality…

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Bing Translator Plugin for WordPress Enables Webmasters and Developers to Localize Site Content

Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. has released a new Bing Translator plugin that lets you apply the power of Bing Translator to any WordPress site running version 3.8 or later. Using the plugin, visitors can translate a site into any of the 40+ supported languages in one click without leaving the page once this light-weight, cross-browser…

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Say ‘Hello World!’ Announcing Speech Input for the Bing Translator app for Windows

Say ‘Hello World!’ in multiple languages with the new speech-to-speech feature for the Bing Translator app for Windows. The most recent update for the Translator app for Windows now delivers the same speech-to-speech functionality that Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 users already love. Now users can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any…

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Announcing Klingon for Bing Translator

There have been several firsts since the time we launched this blog: the unique bi-lingual viewer for webpage translation, powerful collaboration & customization technologies, the  augmented reality translation within the Translator app, which even works when offline, the machine translation system trained for first response in Haiti (built in 5 days) and the first deeply…

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Celebrating International Mother Language Day with the Launch of New Languages & Features

Today Microsoft celebrates the International Mother Language Day alongside UNESCO, with the goal to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism across the world. Advancements in technology to support and preserve languages create greater awareness of the linguistic and cultural traditions celebrated throughout the world, which in turn promote understanding, tolerance, and dialogue. With the proliferation of…

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Ready to Reenergize: Community Unveiling of the Custom Mayan to Spanish Translation System

Special guest post from Microsoft Research Connections Director Kristin Tolle, who has been working with the Mayan community to enable them to preserve their language. Microsoft Translator Hub provides a means for communities and businesses to build custom language translation systems. At X’Caret, the Mayan eco-archaeological park in Carmen Del playa, the Rector of the…

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