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    Translator Solutions in Action: MSN

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    Team: MSN
    Solution: Translation Services

    The Intelligence, Communication, and Engineering (ICE) Content Team, which operates MSN, developed a feature to help improve user recirculation and click-through within the site. This feature searches the content of articles hosted on MSN and displays other related information to the viewer in a widget beside the original article. For instance, an article about finance might showcase information on related stock prices, or a food article might showcase cooking recipes. The feature was built using advanced neuro-linguistic programming, so completely new search models had to be created if the feature was going to be offered in languages other than English.

    Using the Translator API, ICE was able to expand this feature into French and German without the time or energy it would take to generate new language-specific models. The API works in the background by automatically translating international content into English, allowing the search to be run on the translated content rather than the original source language. Additional articles and content can then be showcased in the reader's preferred language.

    The translation service has been in production since October 2014. This has significantly improved the recirculation and click-through of French and German speaking visitors on the site.



    The related articles seen to the right of the main article on MSN are automatically searched and showcased using the Microsoft Translator API.




    Read more Translator Solutions in Action at www.aka.ms/TranslatorSolutionsInAction
     
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    Introducing the Microsoft Translator Partner Alliance Program

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    We are excited to announce a new program which has been designed to help drive greater awareness and visibility for our partners and their solutions. Microsoft Translator has always relied on strong partnerships to drive innovation and meet customer needs.

    Program Levels
    The Translator Partner Alliance Program, has three levels of participation. Each level includes its own requirements and benefits.



    Key Benefits
    The program provides partners with the opportunity to include their logo and company listing on the Microsoft Translator partner page, along with varying levels of inclusion in other Translator marketing activities. Partners will all receive FREE Translator API service volume for development and test purposes and exclusive access to our Translator Partner Portal.

    Minimum Requirements
    Translator partners must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for the program including: A current MPN membership; experience using the Translator API and adherence to Translator attribution guidelines.

    Interested?
    Please visit the Microsoft Translator Partner Alliance Program page for additional information: www.MicrosoftTranslator.com/PartnerProgram

    Check out our current Translator partners: www.MicrosoftTranslator.com/Partners

    Contact us with program questions or to receive an application.

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    Translator Solutions in Action: MSIT Enterprise Data Services

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    Team: MSIT Enterprise Data Services
    Solution: Readiness, Customer Support

    In order to improve the automation of their partner incentive payments, the Enterprise Data Services team within Microsoft IT needed a way to quickly convert and standardize partner data profiles from virtually every country around the world in their local languages to Latin character sets.

    The Microsoft Translator API significantly increased the speed at which foreign language profile data could be converted, representing millions of dollars in partner incentive payments. For example, by using the Translator API over a 20-month period, MSIT was able to improve the integration of Japanese data from a baseline of 25% to over 67%.

     

    Read more Translator Solutions in Action at www.aka.ms/TranslatorSolutionsInAction

     
  • Microsoft Translator Team Blog

    Skype Translator Open to All

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    Beginning today, we are making it even easier to use Skype Translator Preview by removing the sign-up requirement. The app is now available to all in the Microsoft Store. If you have Windows 8.1 or 10, you can just download the app and get started right away.

    Skype Translator allows you to translate your phone and video calls live between English and Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, and Spanish. If your language is not covered yet, no problem! You can also translate Skype instant messages across all 50 languages supported by Microsoft Translator.

    Only the caller needs to download the app. Once you have installed Skype Translator Preview on your Windows 8.1 or 10 PC or tablet, you can make translated calls or instant messages to almost any Skype client including Windows Desktop, Windows Phone, Xbox, iPhone and iPad, etc.

    Skype Translator has already proved to be a valuable communication tool around the world, letting people talk to one another across language barriers. In the video below, check out how Skype Translator has been used to assist the organization Pro Mujer provide low income women in Latin America with vital financial, health, and human development services-- helping them to become financially independent, healthy, and leaders in their communities. We are proud to support Pro Mujer's mission, and are overjoyed to see the effect that Skype Translator has already made in so many people's lives.



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    Translator Solutions in Action: Localization Tools and Services

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    Team: Localization Tools and Services
    Solution: Readiness, Internal Communications, Customer Support

    The Localization Tools and Services team provides translation and localization services to a wide variety of business units throughout Microsoft. Focusing mainly on the localization of software user interfaces, they have localized software ranging from Universal Store apps to Microsoft OneDrive to Windows Azure. In order to provide faster turnaround for the business units they support, the team created an online agile localization application known as Reach. Reach allows translators and testers to localize content more quickly and with greater accuracy than with human translation alone.

    Reach integrates Translator's machine translation technology to deliver just-in-time translation results for translators and testers. The application also includes a downloadable tool that is able to insert translations into files, allowing users to have access to machine translation when working offline.

    "The MS Translator API was a straightforward way for us to quickly add valuable machine translation [MT] results to multiple stages of our localization workflow. The MS Translator service handles large translation volumes without any problem and can be easily customized to use different MT domains." - Andrew, Program Manager II, Localization Tools and Services

     

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