Google Translate may be at the forefront of many user’s minds when it comes to needing a tool for breaking down the barriers between languages, but Microsoft shouldn’t be forgotten, especially with their newly announced feature that they’re introducing today with Translator. Today, Microsoft is introducing the ability to translate in-person conversations in real-time, all through the Translator app that people are already used to, and may already have installed on their smartphones. While translating conversations in real-time is usually something you’d expect to be reserved for an actual human translator, making this feature addition no less of an impressive accomplishment, Microsoft states that their “personal universal translator” as they’re referring to it, is capable of translating up to 100 speakers using their own device which is the more impressive part of this new function.
This works across multiple platforms where Translator is available, so it can be used by people on an Android device as well as those who are using a Windows PC or smartphone, and on tablets, so no matter what device you have with you you should be able to take advantage of the personal universal translator feature if you’re in a situation where it would come in handy.
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The goal of course behind this feature is to allow people to more easily communicate even if they don’t speak the same language, and with an app translating everything you and anyone else in the conversation is saying in real-time, communication is sure to get a whole lot easier for those that have access to the application. If it’s not already installed, and you travel, then you may want to consider giving it a shot. The personal universal translator is just the latest feature to make an appearance in Translator, as Microsoft added support for Android Wear devices around this time last year so you could access some of the functionality without having to pull your phone out of your pocket, and back in August Microsoft added the ability to access quick phrases so you could grab a simple phrase in a pinch if you weren’t able to type out the whole message. While Microsoft does state that the feature is available now, if you don’t see the feature then it’s likely the app simply needs to update first.