Using Microsoft translation tools in education

For years, the challenge of creating and managing translations of content and curriculum has been looked at by people in the academic/tech world as “too hard, I’ll look at it later”. And yet, with $15 billion of revenue for Australian universities and TAFEs coming from international students, perhaps it’s a good time to take a look at a couple of the translation tools that exist in the Microsoft portfolio, to see whether it might help you in creating multi-lingual versions of some of your projects. Some of things that you could consider using the services for include:

  • Publish curriculum materials automatically in multiple languages, or with one-click live translation (link)
  • Creating promotional materials in multiple languages, eg offer your student recruitment pages in the languages of your top 10 international recruitment countries
  • Add a Translator Widget onto every page of your website (link)
  • Allow live chat between students, or between students and staff, in multiple simultaneous languages
  • Build translation directly into apps you develop and release (link)


Microsoft Translator

imageWith the proliferation of digital content on the web, mobile devices and desktop applications, there is an increasing demand to communicate and collaborate in multiple languages. Automatic translation enables communication, collaboration and the ability to conduct business across language barriers.

Microsoft Translator offers automatic, linguistically informed statistical machine translation between any of 39 languages, and has a whole series of interfaces to make it easy for web and software developers to use it.

The Machine Translation technology behind Microsoft Translator is built on more than a decade of work at Microsoft Research and delivers a flexible, instant and cost-effective automatic translation service to any destination; helping to break the language barrier for businesses, developers and users alike. The rich and accessible translation API empowers application developers and solution providers to deliver the translations services customers require.

Whether seeking solutions for language detection, translation, speech synthesis, product localization or empowering communities to protect indigenous languages, Microsoft Translator provides the services and solutions to accomplish a variety of translation goals across the web, desktop applications and mobile devices.

For developers, it offers a rich, flexible and simple to use API for custom applications in web, desktop and mobile applications. And a full translator API available on the cloud-based Windows Azure Markeplace. One simple way to use it is to add a translator widget onto a website, allowing users to translate a web page in situ.

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Microsoft Translator Hub

Microsoft Translator Hub allows you to build, improve, and deploy customised automatic language translation systems – bringing better and specialised translation quality to established languages, as well as the many native languages of the world that are not yet supported by major translation providers. This is ideal for scenarios where you may have content which uses highly technical language with specific meanings (for example, in the engineering faculty). 

Built on Windows Azure, Microsoft Translator Hub is an extension of the Microsoft Translator platform and service. You can build a superior translation system easily, within a private website, by combining your translated documents with the power of Microsoft Translator’s big data back end. Once you are satisfied with your translation, you may share it publicly on the web.

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