Microsoft Translator is getting some TLC on the company’s own Windows platform. Microsoft has announced the app is getting a major update. The most important new feature with the release is full integration with the Cortana voice assistant. Microsoft has also included Windows Ink support in Translator.
With Cortana in Microsoft Translator, users can leverage the assistant to automate tasks. For example, start or enter conversations in several supported languages. To get underway, start by using “Hey Cortana, start a conversation in Translator”.
The feature is currently supporting Chinese Simplified, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese.
In terms of Windows Ink, users can write texts with mouse or touch input and have it directly translated through Microsoft Translator. Other additions in the update include offline language packs and a phrasebook and dictionary of over 200 essential phrases and words.
- Cortana integration – Ask Cortana to start or join a conversation Supported languages: Chinese Simplified, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
- Windows Ink – Text translation by writing with your mouse or stylus Neural network-powered offline language packs
- Download offline language packs to use even when you don’t have an internet connection Phrasebook & dictionary – 200+ essential phrases and words.
- Save commonly used phrases to your Favorites list Live feature: Start or join a live, translated conversation across multiple languages.
Recent AI Integration
During April, Microsoft introduced deeper AI support for Microsoft Translator on Android and iOS. The company is pushing this as a major breakthrough in translation technology.
With NMT-powered offline packs, Microsoft says the quality level of offline translating has been significantly improved. In fact, the company cites a 23 per cent improvement. 50 languages are currently supported, which you can check out here.