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Microsoft: Interpreters welcome

Microsoft is helping the Welsh Government to fulfil its duty to provide meetings in English and Welsh with a new feature that allows designated interpreters to translate what is being said during a scheduled Microsoft Teams meeting and attendees to choose their preferred language in realtime. Attendees can switch between two or more languages at will without having to open another window, tab or device.

The new Teams feature developed by Microsoft in partnership with the Welsh Government will replace a previous workaround, where interpreters would observe a Teams video meeting and provide a simultaneous translation via a telephone line. The Welsh Government’s Chief Digital Officer Glyn Jones said: “I don’t think you can underestimate the impact this will have on organisations that operate bilingually or multilingually.

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