A little while ago I was asked to figure out a solution to a user experience problem that was affecting some of our offerings such as the widget, the Bing text and web page translators. A “bug” was assigned to me, asking me to weigh in on how to deal with a problem of plenty: Given we were about to add a substantial set of new languages we were running out of space to display them properly. What could be a quick interim fix?
Several months ago, while announcing the availability of Hebrew in our language list, I had requested our community of users what else they wanted to see supported. Taking into account all the feedback that came in since then, we have been hard at work to add support to new languages. This is why it’s always a pleasure to encounter problems like the one above – they indicate that this work was coming to fruition.
I am happy to announce the addition of seven new languages to our translation service. As always, they will be immediately available for your use through the APIs and all the products that consume the service. Here is the list of languages that have been added in the latest release. In addition there have been several updates to the Haitian Creole language since we last talked about it here.
ROM - Romanian NOR - Norwegian HUN - Hungarian SKY - Slovak SLO - Slovenian LTH - Lithuanian TRK – Turkish
This brings our languages supported number to 30 languages. Here is the full list:
ARA - Arabic CHS - Chinese Simplified CHT - Chinese Traditional NLD - Dutch ENU - English FRA - French DEU - German HEB – Hebrew HT – Haitian Creole ITA - Italian JPN - Japanese KOR - Korean PLK - Polish PTB - Portuguese RUS - Russian ESN - Spanish CSY - Czech DAN - Danish ELL - Greek SVE - Swedish THA - Thai BGR - Bulgarian FIN – Finnish ROM - Romanian NOR - Norwegian HUN - Hungarian SKY - Slovak SLO - Slovenian LTH - Lithuanian TRK - Turkish
Head on over to our forums if you have specific feedback or looking for discussions about these new languages. We continue to work on adding even more languages to the service, so please keep sending us feedback and stay tuned for other announcements on this blog.
With the addition of these new languages, the approach I recommended in the short term is visible in the translation toolbar – the language list uses a smaller font size. In the future, we intend to move to either a multiple column list, or another style of display for the list.
I will look forward to more such problems, since it means we are meeting more expectations from you - our users. Enjoy the new languages!
- Vikram Dendi, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Translator
Microsoft have to put persian language in it.
Any idea when Bengali, the sixth most popular language in the world, will be added to the list?
Thank you for adding new languages above. However, the quality of them also should be improved.
Congratulations! Creole support in such a small time frame is awesome.
Please add Indian languages. Start with Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Bengali.
Thank you! You guys are awesome!
Great, when will Norwegian be available when translating through the Research task pane?
Now I'm able to translate from/to Norwegian through the Research task pane. I followed your setup instructions here http://blogs.msdn.com/translation/archive/2008/08/06/office-document-translation.aspx. (I first tried the installer with no success regarding Norwegian translation.)
Any plans for Vietnamese? We have a large Viet population in Boston that rely on our services.
Hi, this is certainly a great tool.
Except for som languages, I only miss the possibility to incorporate usage of the translator into Google Analytics. Any hint on how this can be done?
I would like to be able to see how often the translator has been used and which languages, if possible.
Коли Ви плануєте додати українську мову?
When do you plan to add ukrainian language?
Thanks for those. Are you guys currently working to add Ukrainian, by any chance?
When do you plan to add Ukrainian language?
Хотілося б бачити українську. Дякую.
Would be great to see Ukrainian. Thanks.
Будь ласка, додайте українську мову.
Please, add Ukrainian language.
Sorry, and what about Ukrainian language?