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 Translator.
One of the most important innovations from Microsoft Translator was showcased earlier this year. During a talk at the Code Conference, by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, 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 combines Skype voice and instant messaging, Microsoft Translator and machine-learning based technologies for speech recognition used in Windows and Windows Phone Translation applications.
In addition to the Skype Translator app, below is a summary of additional highlights from Microsoft Translator over the last year:
Real-time communication and collaboration technologies from video conferencing to social media have removed the physical barriers of communication and today translation technology is paving the way for removing the barrier of language in the same way. The Microsoft Translator team is committed to helping to enable business, communities, and consumers to be able to communicate and collaborate regardless of language through technology innovation.
This is just a small sampling of the many things that Microsoft Translator has been working on over the past year, to learn more about what Microsoft Translator has been up to, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Tumblr users always had a lot of flexibility in customizing their sites. By following the steps described in this video they now can make their blog multi-lingual at no cost and easily.
Not using Tumblr for your blog? No problem! Microsoft released earlier in 2014 a wordpress.org plugin for bloggers and website owners using this platform. Similarly to Tumblr, you can also easily add the Translator Widget on Blogger sites by following these instructions.
Want to make your app available to a worldwide audience? Don’t want to spend a lot of money and time doing it? In this new video from Channel 9’s CodeChat, Jeremy Foster discusses the Multilingual App Toolkit (MAT) with Cameron Lerum and Jan Nelson from the MAT team.
MAT is a free technology powered by Microsoft Translator’s automatic translation engine which makes localization painless-- whether you are adding the language features to a Windows, Windows Phone, or traditional desktop app. Check out the full video below to discover all of the cool features of the MAT, and immediately take advantage of greater reach in today’s global marketplace.
For more information on the Multilingual App Toolkit, you can also click here.
Microsoft is proud to be a major sponsor of AMTA 2014. The conference, held from October 22-26 in Vancouver, BC, is a great opportunity to hear about the most current developments and trends in Machine Translation (aka Automatic Translation) and to meet and share your ideas with people deeply involved in and passionate about it.
The main conference, October 23-25, is organized into three tracks you can select sessions from: Research, Commercial, and Government. In addition to the main conference, a series of three-hour tutorials and full-day workshops will be presented on Wednesday (October 22) and Sunday (October 26).
For more information on the conference and venue and to register visit http://amta2014.amtaweb.org.
We hope to see you in Vancouver!
Today, the Multilingual App Toolkit (MAT) team announced the release of MAT 3.1. The Multilingual App Toolkit integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio to provide Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps with translation support powered, translation file management, and editor tools powered by Microsoft Translator.
This release provides several key fixes as well as new and improved features including:
The MAT team really focused on key features as well as addressing both reported and non-reported issues in this release. A huge congratulations to the MAT team and their great work delivering this latest release!
Please note that due to updates to the setup process, you will need to perform a one-time uninstall of MAT v3.0 or earlier before installing v3.1.
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