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Microsoft Translator adds Assamese, Expands its Supports to Indian Languages

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Strengthening its support to Indian languages Microsoft India has announced the addition of Assamese as the latest Indian language in Microsoft Translator. With the inclusion of Assamese, there are now 12 Indian languages that users can get their texts translated. Nonetheless, in the official press release the company said that the Azure-based service will now provide real-time translation and transliteration support for Assamese.

What is Assamese language?

According to Britannica Encyclopedia, Assamese is an eastern Indo-Aryan or Indic language that is the official language of Assam state of India. Nonetheless, since it is the only indigenous Indo-Aryan language of the Assam valley, people of the region have deep historic attachment. There is also a reason that people of the region have deep connection with Assamese and that is, it is a complete language in itself as it has its own vocabulary, phonetics, and structure.

Interestingly enough Assamese like several other languages have got influenced by other languages like the dialects in the nearby regions e.g. Tibeto-Burman dialects in the region have left huge impact on it. Similarly, linguists claim that Assamese is also closely related to Bengali and like Bengali and Oriya, Assamese has no grammatical gender distinctions.

What does it mean to get included in Microsoft Translator?

Like other languages now users of Assamese language would be able to get the text translated from Assamese to others languages and vice-versa. Needless to say powered by Azure Cognitive Service Speech, users will also be able to translate speech into Assamese text or to translate Assamese text into another language with speech output without any hassle. Now, Assamese is among the 12 Indian languages e.g. Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu that is available in Microsoft Translator.

Microsoft, the only cloud service provider to support Assamese translation

This is a major announcement on the part Microsoft and a proud moment for Assamese language speakers as it is currently the only cloud service provider to support Assamese translation. Nonetheless, the decision is not just going to strengthen its position in democratizing the access of information in the native languages, but also help the users in their communication. There are more than 14 million people across India’s north eastern states that speak and understand Assamese.

With the addition of Assamese in the list of Microsoft Translation, now the company is covering nearly 90% of Indians. This helping in localizing the services including of content as now everyone can get access to information in his language by translating it online. Nonetheless, the decision is expected to help people interpret real-time conversations, menus and street signs, websites, and documents, etc. in Assamese and from Assamese to other languages.

The official from Microsoft said that the translation service is available on Microsoft Translator app, add-ins, Office 365, Bing Translator, etc. now, users can translate Assamese text, supported by more than 70 languages, for their apps, websites, workflows and tools with Azure Cognitive Services Translator.

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