Ellen Lidin

Microsoft Research

Machine translation and localization

Software localization nowadays is of great importance, because success in the software industry today heavily depends on international scope, high presence in international markets, compliance with governmental requirements, and more. The largest software companies in the business today invest significant engineering resources to make sure their products are ready for a global market, and the more languages they support, the better.

This presentation introduces a new localization testing technology based on machine translation. As a proof of concept we present a localization tool - InstantLocGen - to demonstrate how using machine translation can drastically reduce the hidden costs of the localization process.

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