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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

     

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

     
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    Translator Solutions in Action: Microsoft Financial Integrity Unit

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    Team: Microsoft Financial Integrity Unit
    Solution: Readiness, Internal Communications

    Microsoft’s Financial Integrity Unit (FIU) conducts global investigations to support the Office of Legal Compliance, covering every jurisdiction where Microsoft has employees or customers. This requires regular evaluation of information in a wide variety of languages.

    The Microsoft Translator API allows FIU to conduct translation of documents and other sensitive data at a large scale with a high degree of accuracy.

    "Translator allows us to respond to compliance concerns globally, timely, and with less reliance on third party translation services. By using Translator we resolve investigations faster and are able to deploy investigators more effectively." Joshua, Senior Manager, Microsoft Financial Integrity Unit

     

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

     
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    Skype Translator Preview Releasing Support for Two New Languages and Updated Client Application

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    Today, we are releasing updates to Skype Translator Preview including two new languages, Chinese and Italian. The updated app also has new features to help make speech to speech translation even easier such as continuous speech recognition and automatic volume control.

    Here is a full list of updates to the new and improved Skype Translator Preview:

    • Two new languages: Chinese Mandarin and Italian
      Skype Translator now speaks Chinese and Italian, in addition to Spanish and English.

    • Text to speech translation
      Hear the instant messages of your partner, translated or not. This is especially useful in noisy places where you can't talk.

    • Continuous recognition
      See the recognized text as you are speaking. No need to wait for a pause anymore.

    • Automatic volume control
      Your partner can speak while the translation is still going on. You will hear the translation at full volume, and your partner at a lower volume, so that you can still follow the translation. This helps to create a more fluent and dynamic conversation.

    • Mute option for translated voice
      If you would rather just read the transcript, and use Skype Translator as a real-time subtitling tool, there is now an option to easily turn the translated audio on or off, depending on your preference.

    • Deep Neural Networks in translation
      The technique of applying deep neural networks to speech recognition has drastically improved the recognition quality. We have applied this technique to translation as well.

    Read more about these updates on the Skype blog, and be sure to sign up at try out the new features yourself at www.skype.com/translator.

    To learn more about the work the Microsoft Research Asia team did behind the scenes to help support Chinese in this release, check out this video.


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    Translator Solutions in Action: My Reading Level

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    Team: My Reading Level
    Solution: Translation Services

    Microsoft Foundry Cambridge, an internal development team within Microsoft, developed the My Reading Level app for Windows 8.1 which provides non-native English speakers with a personalized newsfeed to help them improve their English skills and vocabulary.

    Using the Microsoft Translator API, the app allows English learners to define and translate English text into their native languages, as well as hear how words are pronounced, on the fly while reading their newsfeeds.

    The Foundry development team was able to easily incorporate the Microsoft Translator API into their app in less than a week giving them immediate support for over 40 languages, resulting in significant improvements of the app’s core educational benefits and user experience.

     

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

     
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    Microsoft Translator Now Supports 50 Languages with the Additions of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian

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    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Zagreb, Croatia Belgrade, Serbia

     

    We are happy to announce that have added three new languages– Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian to our list of supported languages. This brings the total number of languages supported by Microsoft Translator to 50!

    Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian are welcome additions to the list of Microsoft Translator’s supported languages. Although similar in form and structure, these languages belong to countries that have a unique histories and cultures. These languages are primarily spoken in South East Europe, in the region between Italy and Greece. The nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia are major tourist destinations, with millions of people visiting each year. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, is well known for its old bazaar known as Bascarsija, which was built in the 15th century. Croatia’s coastline draws hordes of visitors to its shores, and the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, has a booming nightlife. These three nations also host a variety of business and professional opportunities within their borders. We are excited to launch these translation systems, making it possible for people around the globe to have a richer understanding of these cultures and this area of the world.

    Microsoft Translator’s automatic translation engine makes instant translation a reality no matter where you are. We offer a wide variety of languages spoken all over the world, and beyond— from Africa to Asia, North America to Europe...and even Klingon. Whether you use Translator via Bing.com/Translator, on your desktop using the Windows 8 app, in Office*, through Skype Translator, SharePoint, Lync, in your own app or service through the Translator API, or simply through your favorite social media or consumer review app, you will now be able to communicate in 50 languages and have your world in your words. You can even check out these new translation systems on the go using the Translator app for Windows Phone, featuring camera mode** for translating text on walls, signs, et cetera-- wherever they may be!

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    * Newly released language will only appear in Microsoft Office applications if you update the service from within the app. See the steps here: http://aka.ms/TranslatorAddNewLanguageInOffice

    ** Serbian only support for the moment.

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