Microsoft officially added Icelandic to its Microsoft Translator service last week during a visit from President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson to their Seattle headquarters, Kjarninn reports. Icelandic is one of more than 60 languages translated by the service. It took a team at Microsoft one year to developing the technology for translating the language.
Microsoft Translator offers text and speech translation in real time across a variety of applications including Bing, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and through apps for Windows, iPhone, and Apple Watch.
Heimir Fannar Gunnlaugsson, CEO of Microsoft Iceland, expressed his satisfaction with Microsoft for their decision to invest in supporting the Icelandic language. Inclusion in technology is important for languages like Icelandic, which have relatively few speakers.