Microsoft introduces Deep Neural Networks, AI to enhance real-time language translation

The improved translations will be in Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil.

  • Published: February 7, 2018 4:38 PM IST

Microsoft has announced the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to improve real-time language translation for Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil. The company says that the technology will help users in getting results that will be more accurate and natural while surfing the internet on the Microsoft Edge browser, Bing search, and Bing Translator website. This technology is also said to work well with Microsoft Office 365 products services like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype.

“We’re committed to empower every Indian and every business in India by bringing the power of AI into their daily life and become a driving force for Digital India. Microsoft celebrates the diversity of languages in India and wants to make the vast internet even more accessible. 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. This announcement is a testament of our quest to bring cutting-edge machine learning tech to democratize access to information for everyone in India,” said Sundar Srinivasan, General Manager – AI & Research, Microsoft India.

Microsoft says that the translator is equipped with “TrueText”- a satellite DNN based system that filters repetition, pauses, and indifferent words, enhancing the translation’s contextual appropriateness.

The implementation of Deep Neural Networks into translating complex Indian languages has been engineered to bring more accuracy and fluency to translation. Deep Neural Networks is said to encode concepts like gender, politeness level, type of word (verb, noun, adjective).

The technology is also available for Android and iOS devices users through Microsoft Translator app which can recognize and translate languages from text, speech and even photos.

Microsoft has been keen on accelerating computing in translation for Indian languages and has been working with Indic languages for over 20 years now. The company also supports text input in all 22 constitutionally recognized Indian languages. It also has its Windows interface in 12 languages. Microsoft says that it believes in the power of AI to improve the lives of people and is using AI-powered solutions to positively impact agriculture, healthcare, education, governance and more, across India.

  • Published Date: February 7, 2018 4:38 PM IST