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New on the Windows Live Gallery: The Toolbar Translator Button!

New on the Windows Live Gallery: The Toolbar Translator Button!

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Translator Now available: The Windows Live Toolbar Translator Button!

So many people said: I wish I had a simple button to translate a web page when I need it! Imagine: you browse for the latest digital camera information and before you know it, you end up on a Japanese web page and you don’t understand what it says. Did you bookmark the URL to a web page translator? Wouldn’t it be convenient to just get an English translation of this Japanese site with a simple mouse click?

If it happened to you before that your browsing experience crossed over to a specific language, your Windows Live Toolbar button will remember the last language you needed a translation for. E.g. if it was from Japanese to English, a simple click on your button will now give you an English translation in our unique bilingual view along-side the Japanese original site. If you are, however, not in need of a Japanese-->English translation, but landed on a – say - French site, you can easily adjust the language selection in the bilingual viewer’s language drop down box. Or: you can expand the little downward arrow next to the toolbar button: cid:image002.png@01C82081.5EC49270 and choose which language selection you would like to see applied when the button is clicked:

With this toolbar button, web page translations are literally only a mouse click away. It doesn’t get much easier than that!! Try it out.

Cheers - Andrea (Your friendly neighborhood Translator PM :-))

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  • 1. How about a SideBar Gadget?

    2. Will and if yes when will MS develop their own translation technology?

    3. Google also has a bilingual view, only difference is that their original text appears as hovering/floating text upon mouseover.

  • In response to:

    Monday, November 12, 2007 7:51 AM by anonymous

    # re: New on the Windows Live Gallery: The Toolbar Translator Button!

    1. How about a SideBar Gadget?

    <AJ:> Yes, we are considering releasing one as well.

    2. Will and if yes when will MS develop their own translation technology?

    <AJ:> MS is already developing their own translation technology. It is based on statistical methods and particularly well-suited for computer/technical content. You can enable it on our home page: http://translator.live.com by checking the "Computer-related content" option. Certain technical web pages will also be automatically translated Microsoft's own translation service (e.g. msdn).

    3. Google also has a bilingual view, only difference is that their original text appears as hovering/floating text upon mouseover.

     <AJ> Indeed. It is comparable to our "Translation with Original" view which we also offer as one of our 4 differnt views offerings.

    Thank you! - Andrea Jessee (MSR-MT PM)

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  • Does it deliver 100% accurate and secure?

    TranslationIndia.com

  • Good idea!! Do you plan to feature machine translation in languages of the Indian sub-continent too?

  • IAFL: we would love to - keep tuned to this blog for any news regarding expanded language coverage

    thanks!

    Vikram (MSR)

  • Interesting. I think I'll install the Toolbar to try it out. I wonder how it compares to other machine translators.

  • I like the convenience the Toolbar Translator Button provides.

  • This little button saves me a lot of time. I do my work faster nowadays.

  • is gone from the gallery... I miss it !

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