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Video translations coming to Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge video translation in action (Source: Leopeva64 on Twitter/X)
Microsoft Edge video translation in action (Source: Leopeva64 on Twitter/X)
Although Microsoft Edge controls only about 10% of the global desktop browser market, it keeps receiving new capabilities. The ability to translate videos is undergoing testing with only four languages supported, but is just a matter of time until all Edge users will get access to this functionality.

Introduced in 2015, when it was based on Microsoft's EdgeHTML proprietary rendering engine, Edge was rebuilt in late 2018 as a Chromium-based piece of code. However, this version was only released for the public in early 2020 (Xbox got it one year later). Currently struggling to climb above the 11% share in the desktop browser market, this piece of code was recently ported on Linux as well. Now, video translations are available for a limited number of users in the Edge Canary preview branch. 

According to a GIF animation shared on Twitter/X by Leopeva64, Microsoft has recently added a combobox for choosing the language in Edge Canary. For now, the languages shown as English, French, Spanish, and Russian. Sadly, the translation capabilities are not functional yet. The latest Canary build is now 120.0.2209.0, and was reeased less than a week ago (on November 8, to be accurate).

Microsoft Edge is currently available for Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, and macOS. The latest stable releases for all these platforms arrived earlier this month. In the long run, the video translation functionality could be added to the OS as well, in a similar manner to the live captions support, which debuted in Microsoft Edge and became a system-wide Windows feature after a while.


Leopeva64 (on Twitter/X)

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Codrut Nistor, 2023-11-13 (Update: 2023-11-13)