Microsoft's Personal Digital Assistant Translates Words and Phrases
Skype now comes inclusive of Microsoft Translator, allowing for real-time translation into Mandarin, French and four other languages.
Skype now comes inclusive of Microsoft Translator, allowing for real-time translation into Mandarin, French and four other languages. Microsoft Translator has also been integrated with Cortana, which is Microsoft’s personal digital assistant on Windows 10. People using Microsoft’s new operating system can now translate sentences, phrases and words into almost 40 different languages from the desktop.
Simply Ask, or Type Into the Task Bar
Users of Windows 10 can access this translation feature simply by asking ‘Hey Cortana, how do you say’ and then the sentence they want to translate, including the language they want to hear it in. You might ask ‘Hey Cortana, please translate in French ‘Where’s the closest taxi stand?’ to find out how and where to get a taxi from your hotel in Paris; or ‘Hey Cortana, how do you say ‘garlic’ in German?’ Of course the correct answer is knoblaugh! Interestingly, you can also translate without using your voice: simply type your request into the task bar and Cortana will provide a translation in your chosen language.
Let Cortana Help You Out with Translations
If Cortana misunderstands your instructions or doesn’t have the translation for you, the assistant will open up a web page after performing its own web search for it. So, next time you need a translation for a phrase or word in a specific language, Cortana will be able to help you out. You just need to ask!
Chinese and United States Editions of Windows 10
Previously Cortana was able to assist with some translation requests, but this new feature is a lot more comprehensive, offering more languages than before; like Swedish, Bulgarian, Japanese, Korean, and even Klingon. At the moment this feature is only available in the Chinese and United States editions of Windows 10, however Microsoft intends adding Cortana’s advanced multilingual skills to more versions very soon.
Great for Fun, But Not Professional Use
Of course using Microsoft Translator is great for personal use, or for having some fun, but due to the potential for mistakes it should never be used for business purposes. When communication is important, a professional, experienced human translator should always be used.