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Welsh Assembly and Microsoft launch new translation software

The National Assembly for Wales has launched today a new Welsh translation software alongside computer giant Microsoft.

Welsh National Assembly

Welsh National Assembly

In reaction to the announcement, Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, Assembly Commissioner with responsibility for the Welsh language, said: “This is a great day for the Welsh language.

“Welsh will now sit proudly in the Microsoft Translator family of languages, which is a significant achievement. It is a great step forward in bilingual working that we have been able to help with the development of such a powerful translation system.”

“It will help to facilitate communication with people in the language of their choice, and will help those who are learning Welsh or who wish to understand Welsh in the workplace – although, of course, this technology supports the use of Welsh in every aspect of life, and not just the workplace.”

The American giant’s UK General Manager, Public Sector said: “Language is a key part of a community’s identity – as much for Welsh as for any other language.

“Microsoft is very proud to be working with the National Assembly for Wales to add the Welsh language to the many others supported by Microsoft Translator. Taking advantage of this cutting-edge technology will help strengthen the vibrancy and cohesiveness of the Welsh-speaking community.”

The new software will not replace professional translators for official documents but assembly officials said they hoped it would help save time and costs.

Welsh will join the large number of languages already included in the translation service Microsoft Translator.

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