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Microsoft’s new translator tool enables real-time translations to ease cross-country conversations

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Microsoft today announced that its Translator app update will now allow users to view real-time translations during conversations. The feature would translate in-person conversations into your preferred language. The significant update would dismiss the communication barriers and would expand global operations.

The app is available for installation on Android, iOS, Windows as well as on translator’s official website. You’ll need to log in by clicking on  ‘Start conversation’ and enter your name and language. The app would provide a conversation code through which other participants could access the conversation. The participants can either type or speak to communicate. The app would automatically generate communications in your chosen language. Moreover, it will also provide spoken translations for your ease. The app would also translate texts seen in images and photos present on your device.

Explaining the working of Translator, Microsoft’s John Roach said,

The speaker presses the keyboard space bar or an on-screen button in walkie-talkie-like fashion when talking. Seconds later, translated text of their spoken words appears on the screen of the other participants’ devices — in their native languages.

This new tool was introduced on Tuesday at a Microsoft AI event in San Francisco. The technology for the same has been developed by the machine translation group present at Microsoft’s research lab in Redmond. The technology is identical to Skype Translator released earlier this year. Though the Skype Translator erases geographic boundaries, it is yet to develop a technology fulfilling face-to-face language needs.

The Translator app will undoubtedly boost cross-country friends to converse seamlessly without having to worry about language barriers. It is also being seen as a useful feature in the hotel business and learning field. Also, Google has now started using neural machine translation in Google Translate, though it is far behind than Microsoft in terms of translating technology. But it has recently been deduced that Google’s translation engine has developed an internal communication language of its own, and this could prove to be revolutionary.

Simran is The Tech Portal’s newest member, and has a keen interest in covering enterprise tech and app tech. She reports from our HQ @ Jaipur, India.

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