Microsoft has been adding new Indian languages to Translator, now it has added five Indian languages: Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada. This takes the total number of Indian languages supported to 10, including Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Microsoft said that the Translator team have continuously been improving translation quality based on technology advancements and usage signals.
Regarding this Microsoft said:
Neural machine translation technology has recently achieved impressive quality gains, characterized by highly fluent and accurate output. Using multilingual neural machine learning, the Translator team has leveraged data from languages belonging to the same family to build and refine these models and greatly enhance their quality. With this release, Microsoft Translator now translates ten languages of the Indian subcontinent covering 90% of commonly used languages in India.
Microsoft Translator supports more than 70 languages for text translation through the Microsoft Translator API. These languages are available now on all Microsoft Translator apps, add-ins, Bing Translator, Microsoft Office and through the Azure Cognitive Services Translator API for businesses and developers, and will also be rolled out to the new Microsoft Edge browser and other Microsoft products in the coming days.
Commenting on the same, Sundar Srinivasan, General Manager, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd., said:
We’re committed to empower every Indian and every business in India by bringing the power of AI into their daily life. Microsoft celebrates the diversity of languages in India and wants to make the vast internet even more accessible. We have supported Indian languages in computing for over two decades, and more recently have made significant strides on machine translation across languages. With this release, we are bringing in cutting edge machine learning tech to democratize access to information for everyone in India.