With Skype Translator, Microsoft clearly demonstrated what an amazing translation API it can offer. The service includes revolutionary real-time translation features, and has been gaining popularity steadily. Before Skype Translator, however, Microsoft’s translation showpiece was Bing Translate. While the Bing service is still around, a new variant of it has been released for Windows 10 users today. Translator 10 offers just about everything you can ask of a translation app. You can get text, speech, and even images translated using this new app. Though Translator 10 is in beta for now, it is clear that the service is on its way to becoming an important part of Windows 10. The best feature of the app is its ability to continue working offline.
Unlike most third-party translation apps, Translator 10 comes with an ample collection of offline language packs. To make sure Translator remains usable on the go, simply download any pack you want and make it active from the app’s settings. Under the language pack section, you are sure to find almost any major language spoken in the world. Of course, if you have access to the internet, it remains possible to switch languages without making any downloads.
For text translation, Translator 10 offers 50 languages. For voice this figure is 10, and there are 19 languages / scripts that are recognizable by the app visually. All these languages are available for offline usage, which keeps the app completely functional at all times.
Of course, the image recognition of the Translator is far from perfect. Having said that, it is still better than a lot of the app’s competitors. Once the photo containing the text has been scanned, the app takes a few moments to render the image data to text. Once done, you can simply view the original text (if you want to copy it for use elsewhere) or actually translate it to the language of your choice.
Other features of Translator 10 are not as novel as the photo translation one, but they still work pretty well. Both the speech recognition and text translation are quite accurate, especially for English.
Microsoft Translator is only available for Windows 10 at present. Since the app is in beta for now, expect a few bugs, though we didn’t encounter any during our little test run.