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Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available!

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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  • I'm glad to meet your team.

    but, yet Korean translations infants level

  • I want to translate from English to Japanese but it keep showing Japanese to English. What should I do?

  • Please add a "TBot identify" command that allows me to type a phrase and then returns a best guess attempt at identifying the source language.  Something like this:  http://ruphus.com/identify/.  It will save me going to the web everytime I need to identify a language.

    Thanks for the great service!

    -Jonathan

  • Thank you for the feedback!  We will add this to our list of features to consider for a future release. :)

    Cheers,

    Lane Rau

    Microsoft Translator team

  • @Rinko, type in Tbot ? to get a list of commands.  One of the commands will allow you to change languages.  

    Hope this helps!

    Cheers,

    Lane Rau

    Microsoft Translator team

  • I cannot seem to get this thing working on my version of Live Messenger. It woke up a few days ago, but I could never get it to allow me to invite another person on Messenger. Now it does not wake up at all...I wonder if it is compatable with the latest version of Live Messenger? Can someone tell me????

  • Now I can get it to wake up, but it never comes online, and I cannot invite another member to it or it to them..the bot is always Offline and will not allow me to invite anyone...Is it offline a lot or just something not working right? Thanks for any help I can get...

  • Robert, can you send your system info (Messenger version/build number, Operating system) and the bot address (mtbot@hotmail.com?) to the following email?

    mtcont (at) microsoft.com

    We will work with you to figure out why it might not be working.

    Thanks!

    Vikram Dendi

    Microsoft Translator team

  • i would really love to communicate with all me friends i'm counting on u

  • I said can you speak enlish? and it translated the question as can you speak japanese!!!!

    Luke says:

    can you speak english?

    TBot 2 Alpha says:

    japanese が話せますか。

  • I would like to use MTBOT with Microsoft OCS. Since we are Federated I can add the bot to my contact list in Communicator. I can chat one on one with the bot but I can not add the bot into a session with others. Example I initiate an IM sesssion with one other person and than invite the MTBOT to the conference. I get the following error: Cannot invite TBot 2 Alpha to join this conference. This person is using a messaging program that does not support more than two participants in a conversation.

  • How many participants can be in session with the bot?

  • Follow up to yesterdays MTBOT with OCS. Today the bot is showing available but not responding...msg indicates offline. Would like to leverage in OCS sessions if possible.

  • I'm testing MTBOT now. I like it - very interesting!

  • The Live Messenger translation bot makes life a lot easier.

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