On Tuesday, the company announced another interesting new feature that makes it easy to interact with groups in 60 different languages.
The service lets you start a conversation with up to 100 participants (they can join by entering a code or scanning a QR code) and display translations of everything you say in their preferred language in real-time.
That could certainly come in handy for situations such as speaking with refugees who’ve just arrived in a new country or conducting a guided tour with travelers from around the world. Each person only needs a connected smartphone or tablet to view translated text in their language of choice.
Microsoft says its new service works equally well for one-on-one chats.
The universal translator builds on the tech behind Skype Translator, which facilitates real-time translated chats over the Web; the feature became available last October and arrived on mobile earlier this week. It uses deep neural networks to understand words in context to provide meaningful and accurate translations.