Cortana on Windows 10 can now instantly translate from French, German, Italian and Spanish

Back in September, Microsoft expanded the skill set of its Cortana digital assistant on Windows 10, by adding the ability to instantly translate from English and Chinese (Simplified) into dozens of other languages. Now, the company has added four new origin languages, allowing millions more users to use Cortana to quickly translate phrases from those new languages into others.

Along with the two original languages, Cortana now supports instant translations from French, German, Italian and Spanish in those localized versions of Windows 10. The assistant can then translate into the following languages:

Bosnian
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Haitian Creole
Hebrew

Hindi
Hmong Daw
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Kiswahili
Klingon
Klingon (plqaD)
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Malay
Maltese
Norwegian
Persian
Polish

Portuguese
​Querétaro Otomi
Romanian
Russian
Serbian (Cyrillic)
Serbian (Latin)
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese
Welsh

In the English version, users can say something like "Hey Cortana, translate 'excuse me, there's a pubic hair in my soup' into Spanish", and the assistant will then speak the translation - 'disculpe, en mi sopa, hay un pelo púbico' - in addition to displaying it on screen. Users may also choose to type their chosen phrase into Cortana if they'd prefer not to say it out loud.

Similar phrasing can be used to initiate a translation from the new languages that have just been added:

French German Italian Spanish

Traduis où est le restaurant le plus proche en Suédois.

Übersetze ‚Wo befindet sich das nächstliegende Restaurant?' ins Schwedische.

Traduce dov'è il ristorante più vicino in svedese.

Traduce ¿dónde está el restaurante más cercano en sueco.

Comment dit-on où est l'hôtel le plus proche en Thaï?

Wie sagt manWo ist der nächste Hotelladen' in Thailändisch?

Si puo dire dov'è la boutique d'albergo più vicina in thailandese?

¿Cómo dices dónde está el hotel más cercano en tailandés?

The assistant uses the same Microsoft Translator that is offered as a standalone app on Windows 10, Android phones and watches, iPhone and Apple Watch, as well as being integrated into products like Office, Bing and the impressive Skype Translator.

Source: Microsoft Translator Blog via VentureBeat

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