My name is Joshua and I'm a Program Manager on the Office Global Service & Experiences team.
This month, we're excited to be releasing Word Translator—a new Office intelligent services feature that translates full documents and content selections (words/phrases/sentences) right in Word, powered by Microsoft Translator.
Word Translator is available to O365 Subscribers on Insiders Fast, Version 1710 (Build 8613.1000). Please note that this build is still getting rolled out to Insiders, so you may not have access right away. (To Mac customers: we've heard you, and we plan to bring the same Word Translator feature & functionality to Word Mac as well in the coming months.)
We partnered closely with the Microsoft Translator team to bring this to life, and are happy to say that we now support 60 languages for translation. Currently, 11 of these are powered by neural network (NN) translation technology—meaning superior quality and fluency—with more on the way. Over time we plan on adding even more features to Word Translator, including improving the experience of working in a second (or non-native) language. Stay tuned!
(Please note that this feature replaces the older translation features: Translate Document with the Bilingual Viewer, Translate Selected Text with the Research Pane, and the Mini Translator. If you're an admin, and want to learn more about the impact of this update, and available options, please see this support article.)
Scenarios to try
1. Translate a document. From the ribbon, go to the Review tab, click Translate, and then click Translate Document. (On first-run, you will be prompted to confirm your preferred target language, which will be remembered for future document translations.) Click Translate in the Translator pane, and we will create and open a (new) translated copy of the document.
- For bonus points, try translating a document containing content in more than one language.
2. Translate a selection. Select the text you want to translate (e.g. word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph), right-click, and then click Translate. The Translator pane will open with your selection translated. As you change your document selection, Translator will update automatically.
- You can also insert the translation back into the document. (For bonus points, try inserting the translation for a selection that spans multiple formatting runs, e.g. an entire page.)
- Office 365 subscription, Insiders Fast Version 1710 (Build 8613.1000 or later)
- Office intelligent services toggle must be enabled
- An internet connection, to get translations from the Microsoft Translator online service
All feedback is greatly welcomed and appreciated! We're excited to hear what you think. Feel free to respond to this post with your comments or questions, or go to File > Feedback right in Word.
- Joshua & the Office GSX team