I once worked for an international company based in Switzerland and I have always been fascinated by languages ​​and dialects. I enjoyed frequent exchanges with Swiss colleagues who knew four or five different languages. Their emails gave me a tempting taste for another culture. I am also half Italian and often exchange emails with Italian relatives.

When the person I am emailing is more comfortable writing and reading in their native language than in English, I do not allow my own inability to write in that language to slow me down. I just use Microsoft Translator to translate my emails for them and their emails for me. Not only does it broaden my view of the world, but it also gives me the opportunity to sharpen my Italian as I watch the translator turn Italian into English and English into Italian.

If you want to translate text into Outlook emails, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations, this is easy. Maybe you work for an international company, as I did, or maybe you communicate with colleagues or clients who are more comfortable writing in their native language. None of this is a problem for Office, which offers translation courtesy of an artificial intelligence-powered translator service that can translate a selection of text or an entire document, file, or message between many different languages.

IN Translation service is available in a variety of Microsoft products and technologies from consumers and businesses. The translator is integrated into Bing, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Microsoft Edge, Skype Translator and Visual Studio. Microsoft Translator is also available as an application for iOS / iPadOS, Apple Watch, Android OS and Android Wear.

Supports translator more than 100 languagesincluding more common languages ​​such as English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic, and some less common languages, including Fijian, Haitian Creole, Icelandic, Kurdish, Maltese, Serbian and Ukrainian.

The accuracy of Microsoft Translator is evaluated using a BLEU (Bilingual Evaluation Understudy) result. This result measures the differences between machine translation and human translation of the same source text. A report from 2018 measuring the translation from Chinese to English gave Microsoft Translate a score of 69 out of 100, which is a high score compared to human translation. This will probably also improve over time, at least according to a Microsoft Translator Blog Post from November 2021, which explains how the company is working to improve its machine translation technology.

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