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PowerPoint Translator add-in brings real-time translation to presentations

AI has been a big theme so far at Microsoft's Build 2017 conference, even making its way to PowerPoint. On stage during the keynote, Microsoft showed off a pretty impressive demonstration of a new PowerPoint Translator add-in that can do bi-directional translation of presentations in real time.

PowerPoint Translator

In the demonstration, Microsoft showed the add-in translating what was being said in Spanish to English on the screen in real time. Think of it as an automatic closed captioning for your presentation. To add even more to the mix, audience members can follow along with another language using the Translator mobile app. And since the plug-in is bi-directional, audience members can chime in with questions and it will translate them in real time.

Currently, PowerPoint Translator supports 9 spoken and more than 60 written languages. Microsoft says it will provide a preview of the add-in at its Garage site (opens in new tab).

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

7 Comments
  • This was QUITE the impressive demo. 
  • very impressive indeed.. and a much needed feature for universities and businesses
  • this is amazing stuff..
  • Really impressive. Microsoft has the toolset to really reinvent productivity and improve communications across platforms.
  • I guess if you routinely make Powerpoint presentations in front of a crowd from multiple countries this is a convenient feature.
  • dont fool by this demo, it will only arrive next few year and it also not available for windows store...soon
  • This is rather incredible, it could improve International relationships.