What's new in Azure Cognitive Services Translator?

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Translator is a language service that enables users to translate text and documents, helps entities expand their global outreach, and supports preservation of at-risk and endangered languages.

Translator service supports language translation for more than 100 languages. If your language community is interested in partnering with Microsoft to add your language to Translator, contact us via the Translator community partner onboarding form.

November 2022

Custom Translator stable GA v2.0 release

Custom Translator version v2.0 is generally available and ready for use in your production applications!

June 2022

Document Translation stable GA 1.0.0 release

Document Translation .NET and Python client-library SDKs are now generally available and ready for use in production applications!

May 2022

Document Translation support for scanned PDF documents

  • Document Translation uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to extract and translate text in scanned PDF document while retaining the original layout.

April 2022

Text and document translation support for Faroese

  • Translator service has text and document translation language support for Faroese, a Germanic language originating on the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark located between Norway and Iceland. Faroese is descended from Old West Norse spoken by Vikings in the Middle Ages.

Text and document translation support for Basque and Galician

  • Translator service has text and document translation language support for Basque and Galician. Basque is a language isolate, meaning it isn't related to any other modern language. It's spoken in parts of northern Spain and southern France. Galician is spoken in northern Portugal and western Spain. Both Basque and Galician are co-official languages of Spain.

March 2022

Text and document translation support for Somali and Zulu languages

  • Translator service has text and document translation language support for Somali and Zulu. The Somali language is spoken throughout Africa by more than 21 million people and is in the Cushitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. The Zulu language is spoken by 12 million people and is recognized as one of South Africa's 11 official languages.

February 2022

Text and document translation support for Upper Sorbian,

  • Translator service has text and document translation language support for Upper Sorbian. The Translator team has worked tirelessly to preserve indigenous and endangered languages around the world. Language data provided by the Upper Sorbian language community was instrumental in introducing this language to Translator.

Text and document translation support for Inuinnaqtun and Romanized Inuktitut

January 2022

Custom Translator portal (v2.0) public preview

October 2021

Text and document support for more than 100 languages

  • Translator service has added text and document language support for the following languages:
    • Bashkir. A Turkic language spoken by approximately 1.4 million native speakers. It has three dialect groups: Southern, Eastern, and Northwestern.
    • Dhivehi. Also known as Maldivian, it's an Indo-Aryan language primarily spoken in the island country of Maldives.
    • Georgian. A Kartvelian language that is the official language of Georgia. It has approximately 4 million speakers.
    • Kyrgyz. A Turkic language that is the official language of Kyrgyzstan.
    • Macedonian (Cyrillic). An Eastern South Slavic language that is the official language of North Macedonia. It's spoken by approximately 2 million people.
    • Mongolian (Traditional). Traditional Mongolian script is the first writing system created specifically for the Mongolian language. Mongolian is the official language of Mongolia.
    • Tatar. A Turkic language used by speakers in modern Tatarstan. It's closely related to Crimean Tatar and Siberian Tatar but each belongs to different subgroups.
    • Tibetan. It has nearly 6 million speakers and can be found in many Tibetan Buddhist publications.
    • Turkmen. The official language of Turkmenistan. It's similar to Turkish and Azerbaijani.
    • Uyghur. A Turkic language with nearly 15 million speakers. It's spoken primarily in Western China.
    • Uzbek (Latin). A Turkic language that is the official language of Uzbekistan. It's spoken by 34 million native speakers.

These additions bring the total number of languages supported in Translator to 103.

August 2021

Text and document translation support for literary Chinese

  • Azure Cognitive Services Translator has text and document language support for literary Chinese. Classical or literary Chinese is a traditional style of written Chinese used by traditional Chinese poets and in ancient Chinese poetry.

June 2021

Document Translation client libraries for C#/.NET and Python—now available in prerelease

May 2021

Document Translation ― now generally available

  • Feature release: Translator's Document Translation feature is generally available. Document Translation is designed to translate large files and batch documents with rich content while preserving original structure and format. You can also use custom glossaries and custom models built with Custom Translator to ensure your documents are translated quickly and accurately.

Translator service available in containers

  • New release: Translator service is available in containers as a gated preview. Submit an online request and have it approved prior to getting started. Containers enable you to run several Translator service features in your own environment and are great for specific security and data governance requirements. See, Install and run Translator containers (preview)

February 2021

Document Translation public preview

  • New release: Document Translation is available as a preview feature of the Translator Service. Preview features are still in development and aren't meant for production use. They're made available on a "preview" basis so customers can get early access and provide feedback. Document Translation enables you to translate large documents and process batch files while still preserving the original structure and format. See Microsoft Translator blog: Introducing Document Translation

Text and document translation support for nine added languages

  • Translator service has text and document translation language support for the following languages:

    • Albanian. An isolate language unrelated to any other and spoken by nearly 8 million people.
    • Amharic. An official language of Ethiopia spoken by approximately 32 million people. It's also the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox church.
    • Armenian. The official language of Armenia with 5-7 million speakers.
    • Azerbaijani. A Turkic language spoken by approximately 23 million people.
    • Khmer. The official language of Cambodia with approximately 16 million speakers.
    • Lao. The official language of Laos with 30 million native speakers.
    • Myanmar. The official language of Myanmar, spoken as a first language by approximately 33 million people.
    • Nepali. The official language of Nepal with approximately 16 million native speakers.
    • Tigrinya. A language spoken in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia with nearly 11 million speakers.

January 2021

Text and document translation support for Inuktitut

November 2020

Custom Translator V2 is generally available

October 2020

Text and document translation support for Canadian French

  • Translator service has text and document translation language support for Canadian French. Canadian French and European French are similar to one another and are mutually understandable. However, there can be significant differences in vocabulary, grammar, writing, and pronunciation. Over 7 million Canadians (20 percent of the population) speak French as their first language.

September 2020

Text and document translation support for Assamese and Axomiya

August 2020

Custom Translator upgrade to v2

Text and document translation support for two Kurdish dialects

  • Northern (Kurmanji) Kurdish (15 million native speakers) and Central (Sorani) Kurdish (7 million native speakers). Most Kurdish texts are written in Kurmanji and Sorani.

Text and document translation support for two Afghan languages

  • Dari (20 million native speakers) and Pashto (40 - 60 million speakers). The two official languages of Afghanistan.

Text and document translation support for Odia

  • Odia is a classical language spoken by 35 million people in India and across the world. It joins Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and English as the 12th most used language of India supported by Microsoft Translator.