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Vikram Dendi

Vikram Dendi
TECHNICAL & STRATEGY ADVISOR
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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.

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What's New
Skype Translator Open to All
Beginning today, we are making it even easier to use Skype Translator Preview by removing the sign-up requirement. The app is now available to all in the Microsoft Store. If you have Windows 8.1 or 10, you can just download the app and get started right away. Skype Translator allows you to translate your phone and video calls live between English and Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, and Spanish. If your language is not covered yet, no problem! You can also translate Skype instant messages across all 50 languages supported by Microsoft Translator. Only the caller needs to download the app. Once you have installed Skype Translator Preview on your Windows 8.1 or 10 PC or tablet, you can make translated calls or instant messages to almost any Skype client including Windows Desktop, Windows Phone, Xbox, iPhone and iPad, etc. Skype Translator has already proved to be a valuable communication tool around the world, letting people talk to one another across language barriers. In the video below, check out how Skype Translator has been used to assist the organization Pro Mujer provide low income women in Latin America with vital financial, health, and human development services-- helping them to become financially independent, healthy, and leaders in their communities. We are proud to support Pro Mujer's mission, and are overjoyed to see the effect that Skype Translator has already made in so many people's lives. Read more at the Skype Blog. Download Skype Translator Now Learn More about Skype Translator Skype Translator videos The science behind Skype Translator  
Translator Solutions in Action: Localization Tools and Services
  Team: Localization Tools and Services Solution: Readiness, Internal Communications, Customer Support The Localization Tools and Services team provides translation and localization services to a wide variety of business units throughout Microsoft. Focusing mainly on the localization of software user interfaces, they have localized software ranging from Universal Store apps to Microsoft OneDrive to Windows Azure. In order to provide faster turnaround for the business units they support, the team created an online agile localization application known as Reach. Reach allows translators and testers to localize content more quickly and with greater accuracy than with human translation alone. Reach integrates Translator's machine translation technology to deliver just-in-time translation results for translators and testers. The application also includes a downloadable tool that is able to insert translations into files, allowing users to have access to machine translation when working offline. "The MS Translator API was a straightforward way for us to quickly add valuable machine translation [MT] results to multiple stages of our localization workflow. The MS Translator service handles large translation volumes without any problem and can be easily customized to use different MT domains." - Andrew, Program Manager II, Localization Tools and Services  
Translator Solutions in Action: Microsoft Financial Integrity Unit
  Team: Microsoft Financial Integrity Unit Solution: Readiness, Internal Communications Microsoft’s Financial Integrity Unit (FIU) conducts global investigations to support the Office of Legal Compliance, covering every jurisdiction where Microsoft has employees or customers. This requires regular evaluation of information in a wide variety of languages. The Microsoft Translator API allows FIU to conduct translation of documents and other sensitive data at a large scale with a high degree of accuracy. "Translator allows us to respond to compliance concerns globally, timely, and with less reliance on third party translation services. By using Translator we resolve investigations faster and are able to deploy investigators more effectively." Joshua, Senior Manager, Microsoft Financial Integrity Unit  
Skype Translator Preview Releasing Support for Two New Languages and Updated Client Application
Today, we are releasing updates to Skype Translator Preview including two new languages, Chinese and Italian. The updated app also has new features to help make speech to speech translation even easier such as continuous speech recognition and automatic volume control. Here is a full list of updates to the new and improved Skype Translator Preview: Two new languages: Chinese Mandarin and Italian Skype Translator now speaks Chinese and Italian, in addition to Spanish and English. Text to speech translation Hear the instant messages of your partner, translated or not. This is especially useful in noisy places where you can't talk. Continuous recognition See the recognized text as you are speaking. No need to wait for a pause anymore. Automatic volume control Your partner can speak while the translation is still going on. You will hear the translation at full volume, and your partner at a lower volume, so that you can still follow the translation. This helps to create a more fluent and dynamic conversation. Mute option for translated voice If you would rather just read the transcript, and use Skype Translator as a real-time subtitling tool, there is now an option to easily turn the translated audio on or off, depending on your preference. Deep Neural Networks in translation The technique of applying deep neural networks to speech recognition has drastically improved the recognition quality. We have applied this technique to translation as well. Read more about these updates on the Skype blog, and be sure to sign up at try out the new features yourself at www.skype.com/translator. To learn more about the work the Microsoft Research Asia team did behind the scenes to help support Chinese in this release, check out this video. Learn More about Skype Translator: Skype Translator homepage Skype Translator videos The science behind Skype Translator
Translator Solutions in Action: My Reading Level
  Team: My Reading Level Solution: Translation Services Microsoft Foundry Cambridge, an internal development team within Microsoft, developed the My Reading Level app for Windows 8.1 which provides non-native English speakers with a personalized newsfeed to help them improve their English skills and vocabulary. Using the Microsoft Translator API, the app allows English learners to define and translate English text into their native languages, as well as hear how words are pronounced, on the fly while reading their newsfeeds. The Foundry development team was able to easily incorporate the Microsoft Translator API into their app in less than a week giving them immediate support for over 40 languages, resulting in significant improvements of the app’s core educational benefits and user experience.