Microsoft Translator now has AI-powered translation even when offline

Microsoft Translator now has AI-powered translation even when offline

Microsoft Translator has been around for a while, but this app is getting a huge improvement: artificial intelligence-powered translations even when the iPhone is offline.

Back in 2016, Microsoft actually launched its AI-powered online neural machine translation but since you would need high cloud computing power, it was only available 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. Support for Windows devices is also coming at some point, though no ETA was given today.

According to the official blog post about this breakthrough, "The new capabilities allow both end-users and third-party app developers to have the benefit of neural translation technology regardless of whether the device is connected to the cloud or offline".

Chances are you mostly need a translator app on your phone while you are traveling.

Currently, the language packs are available in Translator's most popular languages, with more to be added in the future. In this moment, the app supports over 60 languages for text translation, as well as conversational speech translation for modern standard Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Microsoft promises that the difference in quality between online and offline translation is barely noticeable, though. As usual, Microsoft is working to sell its wares more to businesses than individual users. As per some reports from the web Microsoft now has removed the internet connectivity limitation and has made an announcement that the app will be powered by AI and no longer will require the internet connection.

When the device is online, translations can also leverage customized translation models that match the app and company's unique terminology. Microsoft wants to make that initial step even easier which is why it has now updated the Microsoft Translator app with offline AI translations.

The Android app with language packs is available now, while the iOS app should be available after April 21, because it's still going through Apple's app review process.

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