In theory, the web is a wonderful thing.
By allowing instantaneous connection between different users, regardless of physical location, myriad possibilities are opened up. However, with humans being as human as they are, barriers arise, namely language.
As such, and as machine learning has progressed, automatic translation services have arisen, providing free, accurate and easy translation services to millions across the globe. Of these, Microsoft Translator is by far one of the highest profile and most effective solutions available.
However, given the vast task of allowing comprehensible communication between the various peoples of the planet, occasionally a little help is required, and it is here that the Microsoft Translator Partner Alliance Program comes in, as recently announced by Microsoft on the MSDN blog.
Allowing three levels of engagement, Alliance, Silver and Gold, the program is intended to get a greater number involved in the evolution and spread of Microsoft Translator. Each level has its own benefits and requirements. At all levels, by working with the program, partners will have their logos present on the Microsoft Translator Partner page, as well as various levels of inclusion with various marketing activities.
At all levels, partners will receive a free Translator API service volume, along with exclusive access to the Translator Partner Portal.
In order to take part in the program, potential partners must possess a current MPN membership, experience using the Translator API and adherence to the Translator attribution guidelines. Those interested in the program can find out a little more here.
As the competition increases in the translation app space, especially with the likes of Google offering a highly popular alternative service, this may be Microsoft attempting to find a means by which to distinguish itself from the fray.
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