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Cortana powered by Bing Translator can now automatically translate words and phrases in Windows 10
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Cortana powered by Bing Translator can now automatically translate words and phrases in Windows 10

by AshwinSeptember 2, 2015

Earlier today, we told you that Cortana has gained support for English in India, Canada and Australia and for Japanese, in the Windows Insider Preview Build 10532.

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And now it appears that Microsoft’s personal digital assistant has gained the power to translate phrases and words in Windows 10.

No, Microsoft hasn’t added support for more languages that quickly, instead Cortana will make use of a superb service from the Redmond Company. Cortana on Windows 10, is now powered by Bing Translator.

Here is the full list of languages supported in Cortana in Windows 10:

Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Farsi
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Klingon (pIqaD)
Korean
Latvian
Malay
Maltese
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese
Welsh

So what makes this different from Microsoft Bing Translator? Why Should I use Cortana, when the Translator service, can do the same stuff?

There is a huge difference between the two, and the odds are heavily in favour of Cortana. In case you are forgetting here abilities, let me recap it for you. Cortana’s biggest plus is support for voice commands, which she listens to, and executes with perfection, well alright, almost perfection.

So, now you can just speak to Cortana and have her translate your speech to the language you want her to. First, begin invoking the digital assistant with the hotword “Hey Cortana”, immediately followed by the content you want translated. Here are a couple of example translation phrases from Microsoft.

“Hey Cortana, translate where is the nearest taxi stand in French?”

“Hey Cortana, how to say where is the closest grocery store in Spanish?”

Oh, and in case the almost perfection thing occurs, i.e., if the great Cortana fails to translate the content, she humbly opens up the browser, with a search query on Bing, for the same.

You can also manually type the text into Cortana, from the taskbar, to have her translate it for you. This maybe useful, if Cortana does not recognize your accent. You can also edit the translation, and even hear it with text-to-speech too. Nevertheless, this will be of great help to communicate with fellow workers/students who don’t speak your language, or even when you are on a vacation inĀ  a foreign country.

You would have probably guessed this one, but Cortana’s translation powers are only available for users in the U.S. It is also available for Chinese editions of Windows 10, in certain regions.

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