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Vikram Dendi

Vikram Dendi

Vikram Dendi is the Strategy Director for Microsoft Research and acts as the Technical & Strategy Advisor to the Head of Microsoft Research. He is responsible for increasing the impact of MSR’s research investments and also currently oversees the teams supporting technology transfer, IP strategy and technical operations.

Vikram has been at Microsoft Research for five years and his prior responsibilities included helping transform research technologies like machine translation into high value developer and user experiences. He was responsible for shaping the product direction and business strategy for Microsoft’s translation platform, which is used by most major Microsoft products, including Bing, Office and Windows, as well as many partner products (Facebook, eBay, Twitter, etc.). Over the course of his tenure at Microsoft, he contributed to a number of other “new product” efforts in a variety of areas, including Maps, Location Based Services, Phone, and Emerging Markets.

Prior to Microsoft, he worked for Real Networks where he played a key role in establishing the company’s open source strategy and was responsible for designing, building, and shipping consumer products for the Mac and Linux platforms.

Vikram graduated with honors from California Institute of Technology and while an Entrepreneurial Fellow in a National Science Foundation sponsored program, he founded his first startup company in the area of tablet computing. Vikram's research interests include Computer Human Interaction, Social Computing, Intelligent Interfaces and Software Agents.

You can connect with him here and follow him @vikman.

What's New
Build Your Own Translation App with Help from Translator on GitHub
Do you want add automatic translation to your app but don't know exactly how to get started? No problem, we've got you covered. We have plenty of examples of using the Microsoft Translator API in various coding languages available on GitHub. Pair that with our API documentation on MSDN and our customer support forums, and you've got everything you need to add translation to your web or mobile app. Currently, Microsoft Translator on GitHub hosts demonstrator apps in Python and C#, as well as examples for using Microsoft Translator in PowerShell, Node JS, and Bash. Python PythonConsole is a command line application in a Visual Studio solution. It demonstrates how to get an access token and how to use the text-to-text translator API to translate from one language to another. The app only offers translation for 5 languages, but the Microsoft Translator service offers translations for 50+ languages. C# C#/WPF is a C# application designed using WPF to demonstrate how to use the Microsoft Translator API. The app gives examples for: How to get an access token How to get the list of supported languages for translation from the service How to get the list of supported languages for text-to-speech from the service How to do text-to-text translation How to do text to text-to-speech of a translation   Document Translator is written in C# and compiled in Visual Studio 2013. The Document Translator translates Microsoft Office, plain text, HTML, and PDF files from any of the 50+ languages supported by the Microsoft Translator web service, to any other of these 50+ languages. Document Translator uses your own credentials and subscription to perform the service, and will make use of any translation stored in the Collaborative Translations Framework, as well as making use of a custom MT system trained via the Microsoft Translator Hub. Access to the Microsoft Translator API is offered for free for the first 2 million characters per month. You can sign up for your free subscription at to develop, test, and launch your new app. Have fun coding! Learn More: Get Started with Microsoft Translator Web Localization Automatic translation and Microsoft Translator
Introducing Translator for Windows 10
We are pleased to announce the availability of our new Translator app for Window 10. In addition to the features you were familiar with in the previous versions of the app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 such as text, voice and picture translation, Chinese translations to Pinyin, text-to-speech for translations, as well as support for offline translations with free downloadable language packs, this new app also adds: A truly responsive and refreshed user-experience that allows you to use it seamlessly across your Windows 10 PC experiences: Full screen on your favorite Windows 10 tablet Snapped to work alongside an app or website you need translation for on your tablet or laptop In a resizable floating window as a companion desktop app for your everyday productivity uses The power of the new Windows 10 platform: This app has been rewritten to be a true universal app. The same app with a consistent look and feel will work across all of your Windows 10 devices, from PC to Phone to other Windows 10 powered devices Pinning your favorite translations for easy access and the ability to look them up by translation type: text, voice, and camera Search history and favorite translations in the handy integrated search bar Easy access to the last 3 languages you translated from and to Selection of the language dialect for the text-to-speech features is available for Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish so you can always be sure you have the right accent while translating during your travels New languages supported for camera translations: Romanian, Serbian Cyrillic, and Slovak Support for the newly launched Kiswahili language, including an offline downloadable language pack for all the times you don't have access to Internet In addition, today we're also announcing the availability of Kiswahili for online text translation in our Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps. Try it today and download Translator for Windows 10! Questions? Issues? Ideas? We're waiting for your feedback! Apps powered by Microsoft Translator: Skype for Windows desktop Document Translator More Microsoft Translator apps
Learn to Customize and Edit Machine Translation at MT Summit XV
AMTA's international machine translation conference, MT Summit XV, kicks off next Friday, October 30 in Miami, Florida. The conference brings together researchers, developers, and users of machine translation (also known as automatic translation) technologies in industry and government. The schedule includes keynote speeches by experts in the field of machine translation, panel discussions, and presentations of submitted and invited papers organized in three program tracks — MT research, commercial MT users, and government MT users. Microsoft Translator's Group Program Manager, Chris Wendt, will be presenting Friday October 30 with a hands-on introduction to using a machine translation system and a translation environment. His presentation will show you how to customize and edit machine translation to get the most out of the Microsoft Translator API with the Microsoft Translator Hub and the Microsoft Translator Collaborative Translations Framework (CTF). The event will be held Friday, October 30 through Tuesday, November 3 at the Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida. Learn more at Hope to see you there! Register for AMTA XV Learn More: What is Automatic Translation? Get Started with Microsoft Translator Microsoft Translator Products
Introducing Kiswahili for Microsoft Translator
Today, Microsoft Translator launches Kiswahili (also known as Swahili) text translation, the first African language to be supported by the automatic translation service. The new language will be available throughout Microsoft Translator's ecosystem of supported products* to empower individuals and organizations through quick and cost effective translation. Kiswahili is spoken by up to 150 million people throughout eastern Africa including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With the new translation system, governments in the region will be able to make documents and information available at virtually no cost, non-governmental organizations will be able to quickly communicate with locals, and most importantly, people will be able to communicate back and forth across borders for both business and personal purposes. Microsoft Translator supports a wide range of Microsoft products and apps to communicate across language barriers in nearly any scenario where timely and cost effective translation is necessary. It is integrated into Bing, Microsoft Office (Word**, Word Online, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote, and Visio), SharePoint, Cortana, and Yammer. Microsoft Translator has a full suite of apps for PCs and mobile devices including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and Android Wear, and iPhone and Apple Watch. Microsoft Translator is also integrated into the Microsoft Translator Web Widget, which allows you to easily add multi-language support to your website at no cost, and the Document Translator which allows you to quickly translate Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents individually or in batches. Kiswahili will also be available as an instant messaging language in Skype for Windows desktop so that you can communicate in real time around the world. It is also available through the Microsoft Translator API, so developers can integrate Kiswahili translation into their own products and apps. The translation system was created in collaboration with the non-profit, non-governmental organization, Translators without Borders, whose mission is to increase access to knowledge through humanitarian translations. Using the Microsoft Translator Hub, Translators without Borders and the Microsoft Translator team were able to collect first-hand language data in-country, and build a new custom translation system. Over the years, Translator has worked closely with a variety of language partners to encourage intercultural communication by creating new language systems. These community partners have added new languages such as Hmong Daw, Welsh, Urdu, and even Klingon to the list of languages supported by Microsoft Translator. Adding Kiswahili brings us one step closer to our ultimate goal — permanently breaking down the language barriers that separate us by allowing people to translate anything, anywhere, at any time. Kiswahili speakers in East Africa and around the globe now have access to a wider range of information and culture, and can interact with speakers of 50 languages throughout the world. What's more, speakers of other languages now also have direct access to the rich history and culture of Kiswahili speakers far and wide. Learn More: Get Started with the Microsoft Translator API Microsoft Translator Apps How automatic translation works *Some products to be updated soon. **To activate Kiswahili as a text translation langauge in Word, take the following steps: Click on "review" then "translate" and "translate selected text". (Note: do not try with the mini-translator or document options as the update menu is not available from these options.) In the research pane, click on "get updates to your services" located at the bottom of the research pane Follow the various pop-up windows prompts: Update Continue Install OK Kiswahili text translation will now be available as a translation language. To learn more about using Translator in Microsoft Word, check out this instructional video on YouTube.
Social BI Guest Blog - Buzzlogix: The Future of Business Engagement on Social Media
The following is a guest post by Buzzlogix, creators of a social media management, monitoring, and engagement platform. Buzzlogix has multiplied the capabilities of its social BI analysis tools by integrating the Microsoft Translator API into its platform; it is able to automatically convert foreign language posts into a single language for analysis. It's near impossible to keep up with the millions of posts, tweets and messages your customers and prospects are sending out every second. How can a business keep up? We, at Buzzlogix, was founded by Scott Sims and Niko Makris. We discovered businesses were missing out on key opportunities to listen and engage with their audience. The light bulb moment went off and we hit the ground running to change how businesses can use social media. "We make social listening, engagement, and publishing easy and within reach," says Sims. We asked ourselves in 2014, "Why isn't there an easier and more efficient way to track all social media platforms, listen and respond faster." We've all had an issue with a business so we tweeted to them the problem...and they didn't respond! Businesses aren't listening! "We saw there was not a good, unified solution for the mid-market without paying an arm and a leg," Sims concluded. Buzzlogix was born. Buzzlogix is your digital set of "headphones" you virtually plug into a social network and see: What others are saying about YOUR brand Prospects who need and search for your solution and but haven't found you. What your competitors are doing. It doesn't just stop at traditional social media platforms, our technology taps into over 50 Million sources including: blogs, forums, news and discussion posts. We knew were taking on some heavy-hitters such as Hootsuite and Buffer, but our competitors don't provide anything close to what Buzzlogix's technology gathers. "Most of the solutions on the market lack the social listening and the deep learning functionality," says Sims. The technology to tap into over 50 million social networks, gather relevant data about your ideal customer (including demographics and even purchasing behavior) is a massive money and time saver for any business. Imagine your business getting automated notifications for: Mentions of your brand, Buzzwords from potential customers Complaints about your competitor you can fulfill. You can respond in mere seconds. Social media suddenly becomes more than just a tool to shout your message. From the Buzzlogix dashboard, you easily can hear in your customer's words what their needs, wants and desires are. This guides your marketing team. Tracking keywords prospects post helps your sales team. Responding in seconds to your customer helps your brand overall. We realized we post to social networks for one reason: To Be Heard. When you show you heard and engaged with them, not as a faceless business, but a caring listener, you've just won a lifelong customer. Recently, we joined the Microsoft Bizspark program early on and are excited to be using the Bing Search API and the Microsoft Translator API within the Buzzlogix technology. Bizspark tools have helped get our Buzzlogix team out of our heads and out into the world. It's put them way ahead of their competitors in less than 2 years. We can now leverage language detection and translation services for over 50 languages right inside our application with Microsoft Translator API. Our customers love the option to be able to translate social media comments and posts back into their native language. This helps social media teams pull insights from markets all over the world This is the future for social media in businesses. Your business won't need to bang your head against the wall wondering what to post. In a couple clicks, you can see what your customers want to know and what they need. Our Buzzlogix technology brings the "social" aspect BACK into social media with our three step approach: Listening, Analyzing, and Engaging. It's automated on one user interface and simple to plug into your team right away. Customers and prospects simply want to be heard and engaged with and Buzzlogix makes it easier than anyone else. We plan to release our product for commercial use in the 1Q of 2016. For more information visit (