Microsoft Launches AI-Enhanced Translator Customization
An updated Translator API offers new levels of customization that employ Microsoft's artificial intelligence technology.Microsoft wants to help organizations hit the ground running as they attempt to build custom language translation services, instead of starting from scratch. Available now via the Microsoft Translator Hub are three new customization options for users of the Translator application programming interface (API), the company announced today. "Today, we are changing how companies approach automatic translation by leveraging our artificial intelligence expertise to enable anyone to quickly and easily customize translation systems, even without large amounts of previously translated sentences. In addition, we are giving you the chance to progressively improve the system as more data becomes available," said Microsoft's Translator team in a Jan. 27 announcement. Microsoft Translator is a cloud-based language translation platform that allows organizations to add text translation services to their applications. Last March, the software giant announced that Translator had crossed a major milestone by supporting 50 languages. Today, Microsoft is offering an expanded set of Translator capabilities, enabling organizations to fine-tune their own translation systems. Included in this round of updates is the ability to select from two new categories, Tech and Speech, to help users customize the context of their translations beyond Translator's default "by narrowing the scope of the statistical analysis that Microsoft Translator uses to translate your text," stated the company.
Users that go with the Speech option will have access to some of the technology that Microsoft's uses in its own Skype Translator real-time translation software.