Microsoft Translator adds AI-powered Offline Language Packs

Microsoft Translator now includes AI-powered translations for offline users as well

Not many people use Microsoft Translator because, quite frankly, Google Translate is leaps and bounds better.

To translate speech from one language to another, the system goes through a four-step process.

Developers can also use the neural translation packs to add the same translation capabilities to their own apps.

Microsoft Translator released AI-powered online neural machine translation (NMT) in 2016.

End users can now download free AI-powered offline packs in Microsoft Translator.

Instead of relying exclusively on cloud processing for the neural machine translations, mobile users can download a handful of language packs through the Microsoft Translator apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire. This was because the Kirin 970 SoC has a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).

In comparison with previous non-neural offline language packs, Microsoft claims that its NMT packs are up to 23 percent better and about 50 percent smaller.


According to Microsoft, the algorithms that power its AI translation have been optimized to the extent that they're able to run "directly on any modern device's CPU" without requiring an internet connection.

The report further suggests that the updated language packs are available for Arabic, Chinese-Simplified, French, Thai, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese along with additional languages which are now in the development phase. It brought offline translation quality in line with the quality offered by the original online neural translation model.

Furthermore, the new Translator Local Feature is now available in preview for Android developers. Fortunately, Microsoft Translator has just received a new set of capabilities that allows its users to enjoy the advantages that AI-driven translation provides without having to be online.

The Translator app will retrieve the translation from the Microsoft Translator service on Azure if the device is online. In addition, Android developers will now be able to integrate online and offline AI text translations into their apps by making use of the new Translator Local Feature preview easily.

Microsoft states that this feature is expected to be generally available within 90 days of the preview release.

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