Microsoft has achieved another milestone by creating a universal translator that can help up to 100 people speaking different languages understand each other in just one session. The all-new Microsoft Translator app makes this quite advanced communication possible.
On Tuesday, Microsoft took to its official blog to formally introduce Microsoft Translator to the world. The app currently supports Android, iOS, Windows and Amazon Fire. Interested consumers can download it for their smartphone, tablet or PC from the app’s respective website.
According to the Microsoft Research team, this advanced translator app works quite well in translating conversations real-time. For voice conversations, the app supports up to 100 speakers. However, this feature is still limited to nine different languages. When it comes to chats, the app supports more than 50 languages at launch.
Microsoft Translator is designed to be a simple tool of communication. Using it is very easy because it only has a couple of simple steps to follow. First, one can commence a communication by clicking on the “Start conversation” button of the app. From there, the user will be asked to log in by providing his or her name and language.
Using the Translator app or the website, one can invite other people by sharing with them the conversation code of the session. Once participants are already in the session, they can converse using their own languages. The recipient will receive messages in his or her language, and the same thing is going to happen when the recipient responds to the speaker.
Microsoft uploaded on YouTube a video that showcases how the new universal translator tool works. In the clip, Microsoft explains the practicality of this technology when used by tour guides, professors, tourists and many more.
Microsoft Translator’s launch comes just a day after a Skype update that features advanced real-time translation was released. The translation feature for the messaging app has been integrated with mobile phone and landline calls. Thus, voice messages are recorded and translated real time, so recipients will only hear the translated version. However, The Verge noted that this feature is not free from errors, but it is a step forward to ensuring better communication among individuals with different languages.