Microsoft has rolled out a new update for its Microsoft Translator app on Apple's iOS platform. This release brings the service up to version 3.0.3 and adds some important new abilities. The update or indeed the app is available to download now from iTunes on the web and the App Store on iPhone.
The most important part of Microsoft Translator is of course its language capabilities. On that front, Microsoft has improved the experience with the update to version 3.0.3.
Japanese and Hindi transliteration is now supported in the app. Furthermore, Microsoft has also added offline text translation in Filipino.
Aside from bolstering language capabilities, the company has also made some UI tweaks to Translator. Microsoft has also performed several bug fixes across known issues, such as the Safari extension language selection.
What's New in Version 3.0.3:
- Japanese and Hindi transliteration support
- Filipino available for offline text translation
- Scrolling for longer translations UI fix
- Safari extension language selection fix
- Phrasebook UI bug fix
- Accessibility fixes for ease of use with screen readers and keyboard navigation
- Updating authentication mechanisms
- Other bug fixes
Microsoft Translator allows automated translation of text or speech. It can translate conversations and content in over 60 languages and can perform real-time translations in conversations. However, this latter feature was never made available on Windows Phone.
The app also helps users understand a language by translating words or a phrase out loud. Users can also download translations and store them offline.
Microsoft Translator Changes on Windows
Away from iOS, Microsoft announced earlier this week that it is discontinuing Microsoft Translator on some older Windows builds.
The app will be depreciated on Windows 8, Windows Phone 7.1, and Windows Phone 8. The app will now longer be available for download on those builds. Microsoft added that the app will be removed entirely from the Windows Store (on affected builds) starting Wednesday, March 22.
Users who currently use the app on older Windows versions will not get functionality for much longer. The company says it is shuttering the app completely from April 30.