Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Translator, its AI-powered text translation service, is all set to support more than 100 different languages and dialects. The translation service is now enriched with the addition of 12 new languages including Georgian, Macedonian, Tibetan, and Uyghur.
It is being claimed by Microsoft that Microsoft Translator can now make text and information in documents accessible to 5.66 billion people worldwide. Microsoft remarked the new languages are unique advances in the segment of artificial intelligence and will be available in the Translator apps, Office, and Translator for Bing, as well as Azure Cognitive Services Translator and Azure Cognitive Services Speech.
“One hundred languages is a good milestone for us to achieve our ambition for everyone to be able to communicate regardless of the language they speak,” Microsoft Azure AI chief technology officer Xuedong Huang said in a statement. “We can leverage [commonalities between languages] and use that … to improve whole language famil[ies].”
X-code, Microsoft’s larger XYZ-code initiative to combine artificial intelligence models for text, vision, audio, and language in order to create AI systems that can speak, see, hear, and understand, is powering Translator’s upgrades. In recent years, neural machine translation, rewriting-based paradigms, and on-device processing have resulted in quantifiable leaps in machine translation accuracy.
Microsoft said countless companies are using Translator for their translation needs, including Volkswagen.
“The Volkswagen Group is using the machine translation technology to serve customers in more than 60 languages — translating more than 1 billion words each year,” Microsoft’s John Roach writes. “The reduced data requirements … enable the Translator team to build models for languages with limited resources or that are endangered due to dwindling populations of native speakers.”