Instead of relying exclusively on cloud processing for the neural machine translations, mobile users can download a handful of language packs through the Microsoft Translator apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire. The Translator team is also in plans to bring the new experience to Windows devices in the coming future. Because of the computing power needed to run these high-quality translation models, this capability was only available online. According to Microsoft, it allowed users of these devices to get offline translation quality on par with the quality of online neural translation.
Microsoft further has made a claim that the new NMT (Neural Machine translation) packs can produce error-free translations which are said to be up to 23% more accurate and 50% smaller in size.
Meanwhile, you can experience how's the NMT language packs work by downloading the Microsoft Translator app on your Android, iOS, or Amazon Fire device. The updated language packs (which only take up about half the space of the old ones) are now available for Arabic, Chinese-Simplified, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai, with others to follow.
Microsoft Translator is Microsoft's competitor to Google Translate. Additionally, Android developers can add offline NMT to their apps for the first time thanks to the new NMT offline packs, which allows their users to get access to NMT translated content without an Internet connection.
Most of us must have used the language translation apps to make it easy to understand the foreign languages.
When the device is online, translations can also leverage customized translation models that match the app and company's unique terminology.
The Translator app will retrieve the translation from the Microsoft Translator service on Azure if the device is online. The feature is in preview for the next three months and will move to general availability after that.
Whether the app gets its translations online or offline, the local feature bills the developer's existing Microsoft Cognitive Services Translator Text API subscription. A complete list of the languages in which these packs are now available can be viewed here.