What do Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Indonesian have in common? They all have very passionate communities that have for a while been encouraging our team to add support for these languages. A glance at the comments on this blog, and on our forums show the enthusiasm with which users have pursued adding these languages, and that has spurred our team on to work hard towards this goal.
We are proud to announce that with our latest release, we added these three languages to bring our total number languages to 35. The Microsoft Translator machine translation system can now deliver translations in the following languages:
This means that you can use the Bing Translator text and web page translation functionality in all these languages.
You can also translate text and documents between these languages from within Office. To see these languages in your Office translation language list, you would need to have the LIP (Language Interface Pack) for that language installed. More details here.
Personally, I am quite excited at being able to follow what my friends are saying in these languages on Facebook and Twitter (by using the visual preview of the Internet Explorer accelerator)!
Finally, you can also deliver your web pages to your site users using the Microsoft Translator widget. Not only that, with the collaborative translations feature you can tailor the translations to best suit your content. You can try it on this blog right now – translate to a different language, hover to see the popup that shows the original sentence and click “More Translations” to edit/select the translation to be delivered.
We continually work on improving all our languages, so if you notice the engine not providing the best translation today – you might want to try again in a few weeks to see if it’s improved. For those of you using the API or the widget to translate content in your applications or on the web, you can always use the collaborative translations functionality to make edits to the machine generated translations today (so you don’t have to wait).
Once again, if you are part of our one of these three communities – congratulations on working with us to “ship” these new languages! We will continue working towards adding more languages in upcoming releases.
We will look forward to hearing from you (please email us at email@example.com). You can also interact with the community on our forums.