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Microsoft Adds Zulu to its Translation Apps – Google adds Sepedi and Tsonga

Microsoft Translator apps, Office, Translator for Bing, and the Translator, a Microsoft Azure Cognitive Service, will allow users to include the Zulu and Somali languages in their apps, websites, workflows, and tools. In addition, Microsoft emphasized in a press release that its translation apps can be used with Cognitive Services such as Speech or Computer Vision to allow speech-to-text and image translation into the user’s apps.

Meanwhile, Google Translate (which the author uses!) has added no less than 10 African languages: Tsonga and Sepedi – spoken in South Africa, Bambara – spoken in Mali, Ewe – spoken in Ghana and Togo, Krio – spoken in Sierra Leone, Lingala – spoken in large parts of central Africa, Luganda – spoken in Uganda and Rwanda, Oromo – spoken in Ethiopia, Tigrinya – spoken in Eritrea and Ethiopia, Twi – spoken in Ghana. Several other African languages were already available, including isiZulu, Xhosa, Sesotho, Afrikaans, Amharic, Hausa, and Swahili. In the past, the software used to translate used machine learning to improve the translation. Google has said that these new additions rely on novel software which does not require reference to previous examples.

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