Neural networks power speech translations

Microsoft Translator announced on November 15 that it is now powering all speech translation through neural networks. This means that apps such as Skype Translator and the Microsoft Translator app for mobile devices now use this technology, which is also available to anyone who wants to use the Translator speech API for apps or services….


Localization Checker now available for free download

If your role involves handing off files to localization (or handing them back), the Microsoft Office International team just published an Open Source localization checker that you might want to have a look at. The new Resource Static Analysis engine allows localization engineers or PMs to confirm that files handed off to localization provide as…


XLIFF 2.0 Object Model is now Open Source on GitHub

Today we are pleased to announce that the Microsoft XLIFF 2.0 Object Model has been published on GitHub! The source code is now available in the following repo: The XLIFF 2.0 Object Model is a .NET library that can be used to build localization tools, platforms and systems, based on the newest open localization…


Microsoft Translator adds Kiswahili

Microsoft's machine translation system Microsoft Translator has added Kiswahili as a new language, bringing the number of supported languages to 52. Kiswahili machine translations are available directly from the Microsoft Translator web site at, and in Windows, Office, Skype, and via a wide range of other products, including Android Wear and Apple Watch. The translation system was created…


What do you think about the Microsoft Language Portal? Take our survey!

Today is Customer Experience Day, a global celebration of the companies and professionals that create great experiences for their customers. We thought this would be a good opportunity to get feedback from you on your experience with the Microsoft Language Portal. Your input will help us gain insights on how we are doing in area such…


Microsoft Language Portal updated with Windows 10 translations

The Microsoft Language Portal at has now been updated with the official Windows 10 terminology and UI translations for all the 111 languages that launched on July 29. The portal provides online search and download for thousands of translations you can reference and reuse to develop multilingual apps for Windows. The update also includes other…


Free Translation Memory module now available for the Multilingual App Toolkit

Microsoft’s light-weight localization editor Multilingual App Toolkit (MAT) has just been updated with a free Translation Memory (TM) module, allowing developers and localizers to reuse translations more efficiently. MAT already provides free machine translation via Microsoft Translator, access to Microsoft’s official terminology and user interface translations, and now adds the LocShare Translation Memory module. LocShare can…


Leveraging language diversity: Microsoft employees hacking for good

Several projects during this week’s annual Hackathon for Microsoft employees focused on using machine translation technology from Microsoft Translator to connect people around the world—whether in business contexts or to help travelers communicate more easily.  One of the projects—HackForGood—goes beyond just the technology. It aims at leveraging internal Microsoft employees’ language skills to help non-profits such…


Windows 10 now available in 111 languages

If you didn't notice already, Windows 10 has now launched and is available as a free upgrade in 111 languages. We are in the process of uploading the final Windows 10 terminology and translations to the Terminology Search section of the Microsoft Language Portal. This will allow you to find the right translations of the…


Microsoft Translator adds Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian

Microsoft's free machine translation system–Microsoft Translator–has been expanded to include Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. This brings the number of supported languages to 50. Serbian is supported in both the Latin and Cyrillic script. The new languages are available to use from the Microsoft Translator web site at, directly in Windows 8 and 8.1 through the…