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Navigating the world via Bing and Microsoft Translator

Navigating the world via Bing and Microsoft Translator

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One of the things I love about the Bing toolbar is the translation service that uses Microsoft Translator technology to provide online automatic translation of text and web pages.  In my worldwide role, I am increasingly traveling to countries I’ve never visited before and communicating with folks who speak many different languages.

Before I travel, I like to read up on where I am going to learn about the education system, economy and culture…so the Bing Translator, which translates more than 35 languages, is tremendously useful and has made my life easier. After you load the Bing toolbar and go to a web site in another language, like Chinese, Japanese, French, etc., the text of the web page is automatically translated to your preferred language. 

This translation technology from Microsoft Research is slowly proliferating across Microsoft products. Besides instant translations in Bing, you can also have multi-lingual conversations in Windows Live Messenger and Microsoft Lync, and translate words in Office 2010 documents. Schools can also add the Microsoft Translator widget to their own web pages. Partners and other companies are also using the Translator API to help break down language barrier. Facebook, Trip Advisor, Harper Collins and eBay are using the API to bring their services and content to new audiences and languages.

If you haven’t already, I suggest checking out the Bing Bar here, download it and give it a try.

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