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Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available!

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The Microsoft Translator team is excited to announce the new translation bot for Windows Live Messenger! This Messenger bot does translations for you. Just add mtbot@hotmail.com to your contacts and start chatting. You can have one-on-one conversations with the bot, or you can invite a friend and chat in different languages with the bot translating for you.  As usual, remember that machine translation isn’t perfect – slang especially will give the engine trouble.

You can also access Windows Live Messenger on your smartphone to use the bot to translate simple sentences while you’re traveling to other countries!

The translator bot is localized into all of the languages for which we have translation support on www.microsofttranslator.com:

The translator Bot supports the following translation languages (the latest list of languages can be found here): 

      • Arabic
      • Bulgarian
      • Chinese Simplified
      • Chinese Traditional
      • Czech
      • Danish
      • Dutch
      • English
      • Haitian Creole
      • Finnish
      • French
      • German
      • Greek
      • Hebrew
      • Italian
      • Japanese
      • Korean
      • Polish
      • Portuguese
      • Russian
      • Spanish
      • Swedish
      • Thai

More languages will be rolled out over the next several months.  Start using the bot and let us know your feedback!

FYI - at any time while you’re chatting with the bot, just type “TBot ?” to get a list of commands that the bot understands:

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Update (1/25/2010): Updated language list and links.

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  • Un traduttore per Windows Live Messenger

  • How great is this latest Bot, from the MSR-MT team Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available!

  • Windows live messenger translation bot

  • A Microsoft acaba de disponibilizar um projeto experimental com um  “Bot” para msn que funciona

  • Just tried TBot with one of my Chinese contacts and the results were impressive. Great job!

  • Why is it mtbot@hotmail.com and not mtbot@live.com??

  • excelente notícia!  agora você pode conversar pelo Live Messenger com pessoas que falam outras línguas

  • I have tried it ...

    Greeeeeeeeaat !

  • Русского языка у бота не видно.

    Russian language have not seen Bot (Google translator) ;-)

  • I typed the TBot ? command and it asked me what language I speak and I pressed 3 for english and everything else I type, it's the same question over and over.  Is there something else I need to do?  Everything I type to TBot, it keeps asking me what language I speak over and over.

  • No russian:

    TBot сообщает (11:48):

    Ok. You picked ENGLISH. Please select your target language

    0 Change source language

    1 Arabic

    2 Chinese Simplified

    3 Chinese Traditional

    4 Dutch

    5 French

    6 German

    7 Italian

    8 Japanese

    9 Korean

    10 Portuguese

    11 Spanish

  • hi, i have to report a bug. the bot isn't translating from german to french. it just echos the german words. also the same thing with french to german.

  • why the hell is it trying to be smart about what i want translated

    I wanted to translate "Bite me"

    it says thats bad language, i really dont need it telling me what i should translate or not, that is a phrase i want translation for.

  • We are in the process of updating the agent to not show GE<>FR as a language pair anymore. We apologize for the confusion this has caused!

    This update will also address the automatic "language censoring" messenger agents are typically equipped with. We agree that our agent should not tell you what you would like translated. Please stay tuned for updates...

    Thanks, Andrea (TBot Program Manager)

  • Debo reconocer que aunque llevo tiempo usando los que llamo programas de comunicaciones, no ha sido hasta hace poco que he empezado a usar con más asiduidad el servicio de mensajería que ofrece Microsoft a través de Windows Live Messenger. Siempre m

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