Amazon has launched a translation service. The Translate tool has been launched as part of Amazon Web Services and is able to translate text to and from supported languages. The translation service is based on a neural network that uses encoders and decoders to understand the context of every word and therefore understand the semantic meaning of the sentence. Amazon hopes that the translation tool will be useful to sellers on its ecommerce site who want to translate their product descriptions in order to sell internationally. With the launch of the translation service, Amazon is putting itself into direct competition with other large tech companies such as Google and Microsoft.