Well, that happened quickly. Less than a month ago, Microsoft announced that it would be shutting down its Windows 10 Microsoft Translator app in favor of a web experience on April 8th and, well, the day has arrived and the app is now no longer available to download from the Microsoft Store app store (though its app page is still live.)
“The Microsoft Translator app for Windows desktop will no longer be available for download, beginning April 8, 2021,” the original statement read. “If you have already downloaded the desktop app, it will continue to work however technical support and updates to the service will no longer be provided. This does not affect any other translation features in Microsoft products that use the Microsoft Translator service.”
As stated, none of the other Microsoft Translator tools have been affected. For example, both the iOS and Android Translator apps are still functional and should continue to receive updates going forward. The relatively new web experience, which is accessible on all devices via any web browser, also supports all of the functionality of the Windows 10 app and will gain even more features going forward.
Microsoft Translator started out as a basic text translation app though has since evolved into a genuinely powerful real-time speech interpretation tool with a number of use cases.
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