Microsoft is finally adding a built-in translation feature to Word. The company quietly introduced a new translator feature in Word for Windows late last month dubbed the Word Translator. Microsoft plans on bringing Word Translator to Word on Mac in the coming soons, and support for Android and iOS will likely come later on.
Word Translator is powered by Microsoft’s Translator service. It lets you translate a full word document, or a selection of words, phrases, and sentences from one language to another with a few clicks. The feature currently supports a total of 60 languages, but translations for 11 languages are powered by Microsoft’s “neural network translation” tech. Translations for these 11 languages will be much better in quality and fluency, according to the company. At the moment, Microsoft Translator uses neural networks to offer translations for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish — but the company will be adding support for more languages over time.
World Translator is available in Windows to Office Insiders in the Fast Ring today — look for version build 8613.1000. The update will come to more users in the coming months.