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    Skype Translator Introduces Speech-to-Speech Translation in French and German

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    Today, Skype Translator introduces speech-to-speech translation for French and German. Skype Translator users can now make translated calls in near real time in 6 different languages: Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Additionally, Skype Translator can be used to IM in all 50 languages supported by Microsoft Translator. If you have Windows 8 or above, you can download Skype Translator to try them out for yourself at www.skype.com/translator. Don't forget that you only need to have Skype Translator installed on your computer to make a call-- your friends and family can receive translated calls on almost any device running Skype.

    In the time since Skype Translator launched, it has connected people throughout the world and helped break down the communication barriers that separate us. In Latin America, the organization Pro Mujer uses Skype Translator to 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. In China, it has helped foreign nationals work and converse.

    Using speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies, Skype Translator has proved to not only bridge the language gap, but the accessibility gap as well. Our team has found that Skype Translator can be a new and powerful communication tool for the deaf and hard of hearing. Watch the video below to see how it has already been used by one of our colleagues in a very personal and meaningful way.



    To learn how to set up the accessibility features in Skype Translator, click on your preferred language below:


    Read more about these updates on the Skype blog .

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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

     
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    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.



    Read more at the Skype Blog.

    Download Skype Translator Now

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