Microsoft Translator gets four new Indian languages

Microsoft India has expanded its Microsoft Translator platform to include four additional languages: Bhojpuri, Bodo, Dogri, and Kashmiri. This brings the total number of supported Indian languages to 20, moving closer to the goal of accommodating all 22 official Indian languages.

The Microsoft Translator feature can be accessed through multiple platforms, including the Microsoft Translator app, Edge browser, Office 365, Bing Translator, and the Azure AI Translator API, which is used by companies like Jio Haptik and Koo. This update will impact approximately 61 million people across various regions in India and neighboring countries.

Microsoft employs Deep Neural Networks for language translation, allowing the platform to handle complex Indian languages with sensitivity to linguistic nuances.

Microsoft Translator now supports:
  • Bhojpuri (newly added)
  • Bodo (newly added)
  • Dogri (newly added)
  • Kashmiri (newly added)
  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Konkani
  • Maithili
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Odia
  • Punjabi
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

According to Microsoft India, this expansion holds significant promise for the nation. It enhances education and literacy, improves communication and governance, and generates economic prospects.

Additionally, it safeguards indigenous knowledge and cultural identity by bridging linguistic divides, thereby empowering citizens through technology.

Regarding the matter, Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, India Development Center, Microsoft India said,

We believe that technology should serve as a bridge, enabling everyone to reach their full potential. We are dedicated to creating solutions that enable accessibility and broaden the reach of technology and language as a medium to empower every individual on the planet. We are happy to introduce Bhojpuri, Bodo, Dogri, and Kashmiri on Microsoft Translator and move closer to our goal of supporting 22 official Indian languages. We stay committed to supporting India’s diverse languages and culture by leveraging the most advanced AI technology to drive the country’s growth and make access to technology more inclusive.