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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.



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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

     
  • Microsoft Translator Team Blog

    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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