Microsoft Translator can now be used offline on any device

Posted April 20, 2018

More information regarding this feature is available in its GitHub documentation.

To translate speech from one language to another, the system goes through a four-step process. Well, there is some good news in store for the Microsoft users.

Developers can also use the neural translation packs to add the same translation capabilities to their own apps. In the latter part of 2017, this capability was made available on specific Android phones equipped with a dedicated AI chip. The ability is referred by experts as edge computing. However, Microsoft engineers have now leveraged edge computing to bring AI-backed neural machine translation (NMT) to the masses. This capability was only available online because of "the computing power needed to run these high-quality translation models". However, only a few have dedicated neural processors, such as Huawei's Mate 10 Pro.

The offline translations offer "near online-quality" neural translations, according to Microsoft.

As per some reports from the web, the updated version for the Microsoft Translator app will now allow users of Android, iOS and Amazon Fire devices to download the AI-powered translation packs that will be used in translating a user's query even when the user is offline. The new neural machine language packs offer 23 percent better translations than Microsoft's standard offline language packs, and the packs are about half the size. Users can check the complete up to date list here. Furthermore, the company says it is adding new NMT languages on a regular basis.

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Most of us must have used the language translation apps to make it easy to understand the foreign languages.

The Translator app will retrieve the translation from the Microsoft Translator service on Azure if the device is online.

In addition to these new language packs, the team also announced today a new Translator local feature preview for Android, which will allow developers to integrate offline NMT translation to their Android apps. This new support for developers is expected to graduate from preview to general availability within 90 days. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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