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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.

Publications
What's New
Introducing the Microsoft Translator Partner Alliance Program
We are excited to announce a new program which has been designed to help drive greater awareness and visibility for our partners and their solutions. Microsoft Translator has always relied on strong partnerships to drive innovation and meet customer needs. Program Levels The Translator Partner Alliance Program, has three levels of participation. Each level includes its own requirements and benefits. Key Benefits The program provides partners with the opportunity to include their logo and company listing on the Microsoft Translator partner page, along with varying levels of inclusion in other Translator marketing activities. Partners will all receive FREE Translator API service volume for development and test purposes and exclusive access to our Translator Partner Portal. Minimum Requirements Translator partners must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for the program including: A current MPN membership; experience using the Translator API and adherence to Translator attribution guidelines. Interested? Please visit the Microsoft Translator Partner Alliance Program page for additional information: www.MicrosoftTranslator.com/PartnerProgram Check out our current Translator partners: www.MicrosoftTranslator.com/Partners Contact us with program questions or to receive an application.
Translator Solutions in Action: MSIT Enterprise Data Services
  Team: MSIT Enterprise Data Services Solution: Readiness, Customer Support In order to improve the automation of their partner incentive payments, the Enterprise Data Services team within Microsoft IT needed a way to quickly convert and standardize partner data profiles from virtually every country around the world in their local languages to Latin character sets. The Microsoft Translator API significantly increased the speed at which foreign language profile data could be converted, representing millions of dollars in partner incentive payments. For example, by using the Translator API over a 20-month period, MSIT was able to improve the integration of Japanese data from a baseline of 25% to over 67%.   Read more Translator Solutions in Action at www.aka.ms/TranslatorSolutionsInAction  
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   Read more Translator Solutions in Action at www.aka.ms/TranslatorSolutionsInAction  
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   Read more Translator Solutions in Action at www.aka.ms/TranslatorSolutionsInAction