One of the oldest Western languages in the world, Welsh, can now be used with Microsoft Translator. The company announced its addition to the app today, which was included with the help of the National Assembly for Wales.
Microsoft's blog post states that users can now translate documents to and from Welsh from various Microsoft products, including its Office applications. It also adds the language to the Bing Translator apps included with Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices.
A separate post on the National Assembly for Wales site offers more information on how Welsh was added to Microsoft Translator. It states:
To make sure that the translations are as accurate as possible, we’ve been working with a host of bilingual organizations to upload as much bilingual data as possible to our system. They have helped us to feed a large number of documents into the system, all of which will help to improve the quality of the translations suggested.
While both the Assembly and Microsoft state that machine translation of documents is not as accurate as those that are handled by humans, this new support does add a new way for bilingual communication to Welsh and English speaking residents of Wales.