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Microsoft launches new translator app

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New York: Technology giant Microsoft has launched a translator app that can be used on a wide variety of devices and supports 50 different languages.

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Google’s Translate app, on the other hand, supports only 27 languages for text and voice conversion.

Available for iOS and Android platforms, the app called Microsoft Translator, supports phones and tablets as well as the Apple Watch and smartwatches that run Android Wear, CNET online reported.

One can type or speak the word or phrase to be translated. In response, the app shows the translated text on the screen and then speaks it too.

Text can also be copy-pasted from and to other apps for translation.

Microsoft has already been serving up language translation via its Bing website along with apps for its Windows Phone mobile operating system and its Windows 10 desktop software.

The company also offers translation through its Skype Translator programme, which is soon due to become part of the Skype app itself.

With the new app, Microsoft is entering into Google territory, which has long offered translation services on the web as well as for iOS and Android.

With Microsoft Translator, you can speak directly into your watch to get an instant translation in any of the 50 different languages.

The app can correctly pronounce the phrase for you through your watch. And all your translations and settings are synchronized between your watch and your phone.

(IANS)

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Microsoft to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Start-Up Called OpenAI

The resulting enhancements to the Azure platform will also help developers build the next generation

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The multi-year partnership will jointly develop new supercomputing technologies on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform. Pixabay

Microsoft on Monday announced to invest $1 billion in Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-up called OpenAI. The multi-year partnership will jointly develop new supercomputing technologies on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.

The resulting enhancements to the Azure platform will also help developers build the next generation of AI applications, Microsoft said in a statement.

“By bringing together OpenAI’s breakthrough technology with new Azure AI supercomputing technologies, our ambition is to democratize AI – while always keeping AI safety front and centre – so everyone can benefit,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said.

OpenAI will port its services to run on Microsoft Azure, which it will use to create new AI technologies and deliver on the promise of artificial general intelligence.

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Microsoft on Monday announced to invest $1 billion in Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-up called OpenAI. Pixabay

Microsoft will also become OpenAI’s preferred partner for commercialising new AI technologies.

The companies will focus on building a computational platform in Azure of unprecedented scale, which will train and run increasingly advanced AI models, include hardware technologies.

“The creation of AI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity,” OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said.

Over the past decade, innovative applications of deep neural networks coupled with increasing computational power have led to continuous AI breakthroughs in areas such as vision, speech, language processing, translation, robotic control and even gaming.

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“OpenAI and Microsoft’s vision is for artificial general intelligence to work with people to help solve currently intractable multidisciplinary problems, including global challenges such as climate change, more personalized healthcare and education,” said the companies. (IANS)