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Indonesian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese are now available!

Indonesian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese are now available!

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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:

Arabic French Latvian Swedish
Bulgarian German Lithuanian Thai
Chinese Simplified Greek Norwegian Turkish
Chinese Traditional Haitian Creole Polish Ukrainian
Czech Hebrew Portuguese Vietnamese
Danish Hungarian Romanian  
Dutch Indonesian Russian  
English Italian Slovak  
Estonian Japanese Slovenian  
Finnish Korean Spanish  

This means that you can use the Bing Translator text and web page translation functionality in all these languages.

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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.

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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)!

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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.

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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 mtcont@microsoft.com). You can also interact with the community on our forums.

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  • Thank you from ukrainians, guys!

    Дякую!

  • One issue. It is better to do translation between russian,  ukrainian and belorussian directly, not using enlish as transit language. Like google does.  A lot of forms is missed during transition throug english language.

    Between languages of west slavic group, I guess such rule works also.

  • Thank you guys for Ukrainian language!

    Щиро дякую!

  • Thanks a lot for ukrainian translator, i pleased much!

  • Thank you very much guys!

    Дуже дякую!

  • We appreciate your encouragement in making Ukrainian happen folks! Please don't hesistate to keep the feedback coming.

  • Great news! Finally Ukrainian :)

  • But why there is no Ukrainian in MS Office and in your web-gadget? Should I ask Balmer on his next visit to Kiev?

  • Hello Alex,

    at this moment, only the following langauge versions of Office support Ukrainian in translation:

    Belarusian
    Bosnian
    Bulgarian
    Croatian
    Czech
    Estonian
    Georgian
    Hungarian
    Latvian
    Lithuanian
    Polish
    Romanian
    Russian
    Serbian
    Slovak
    Slovenian
    Turkish
    Ukrainian

    You may use a langauge interface pack (LIP) to change the language of an existing Office installation. Please also update the Microsoft Translator service using "Research options" and updateMicrosoft Translator under the "Update/Remove" tab.

    English and other versions of Office will follow later.

    Our web widget does support Ukrainian today, you can try it on this blog: blogs.msdn.com/.../indonesian-ukrainian-and-vietnamese-are-now-available.aspx.

    Chris Wendt
    Microsoft Translator

  • Thank you for Ukrainian!!

  • Good to see more languages, but it's disappointing that Bengali, the 6th most spoken language on Earth is not available. Google recently adopted it...

  • Hi James,

    It's always been the Microsoft Translator Team's goal to add more languages to our service, and we'll be continued to do so. Bengali is definitely on our radar. We make all our new language pairs announcements through our Blog, so if you haven't subscribed to our blog, please do so. :-)

    Ronit

    Microsoft Translator Team

  • Do you have plans to add support for Persian / Farsi language ?

  • Don't have any idea for support farsi language in bing translation ?

  • Hi David,

    Our goal is to add more languages to our service, and Farsi is definitely on our radar. We make all our new language pairs announcements through our Blog, so stay tuned.  Thank you for using Microsoft Translator.

    Takako

    Microsoft Translator

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