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Microsoft Translator app enhanced by AI for real-time Hindi, Bengali and Tamil results

Microsoft has expanded the application of artificial intelligence and deep neural networks, to allow improved translations in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil.

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The translator is equipped with ‘TrueText’ – a satellite DNN based system that filters repetition, pauses, and indifferent words, enhancing the translation’s contextual appropriateness. (File Photo)

To make technology accessible and productive for all Indians, Microsoft on Wednesday announced the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to improve real-time language translation for Hindi, Bengali and Tamil languages.

This technology will help users in getting results that are more accurate and natural while surfing the Internet across any website on the Microsoft Edge browser, on Bing search, Bing Translator website, as well Microsoft Office 365 products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype. “We are committed to empower every citizen and business in India by bringing the power of AI into their daily life and become a driving force for Digital India,” Sundar Srinivasan, General Manager – AI and Research at Microsoft India, said in a statement.

“We have supported Indian languages in computing for over two decades and more recently have made significant strides on voice-based access and machine translation across languages,” Srinivasan added. The translator is equipped with ‘TrueText’ – a satellite DNN based system that filters repetition, pauses, and indifferent words, enhancing the translation’s contextual appropriateness.

DNN have the capability of encoding more granular concepts like gender (feminine, masculine, neutral), politeness level (slang, casual, written, formal) and type of word (verb, noun, adjective). The technology is also available for Android and iOS devices users through Microsoft Translator app which can recognise and translate languages from text, speech and even photos.

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This technology will help users get more accurate while surfing the Internet across any website on the Microsoft Edge browser, on Bing search, Bing Translator website, as well Microsoft Office 365 products. (File Photo)

For its partners and customers, Microsoft also provides APIs on Azure that they can use in their products. According to Microsoft, while facing complexities for translating Indian languages, especially of Dravidian and Aryan subdivisions and a dearth of digital content in Indian languages, DNN-powered translation systems have shown at least a 20 percent improvement in translation quality for all Indic languages which are currently supported.

The company also supports text input in all 22 constitutionally recognised Indian languages across its products and Windows interface in 12 languages.