The professional social network LinkedIn is using Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services to power a new translation feature that it is offering to members.
Ivan Kirilov, a software engineering manager at LinkedIn, made the announcement in a blog post, where he explained that “more than half of LinkedIn’s active members live outside of the US. Engagement across language barriers and borders comes with a certain set of challenges – one of which is providing a way for members to communicate in their native language. In fact, translation of member posts has been one of our most requested features, and now it's finally here.”
Called ‘See Translation’, the new service uses the Microsoft Text Analytics API, an Azure Cognitive Service that can detect up to 120 languages. The data is tagged with language detection results and is available for processing by other applications.