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Top Sites Going Global with Translator API

Top Sites Going Global with Translator API

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The ability to use language and the capacity to translate between languages is one of the characteristics that define us as humans. Over the last decade, world class researchers - both at our own research labs and around the world have been working on the problem of machine translation, the results of which you are able to enjoy today on Bing and in many other Microsoft products.

Last month at the BUILD conference, Satya Nadella, (President, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft) announced the global, high volume commercial availability of the Translator API. This was a significant milestone for us, as we had seen a tremendous increase in demand from partners who see it adding great value to their customers and wanted the reliability, performance and scale of a Microsoft service. It was an added bonus that we were able to deliver this class of service to our partners at a significantly lower price than alternatives. Over the past few months, the diversity and volume of partners using our API has increased rapidly and continues to grow.

A few weeks ago, Facebook rolled out translations powered by our service to many of their major markets across the world. With a user base larger than most countries of the world (barring India and China), and with 75% of the users from outside the US – Facebook is a great example of how the translation API can help partners break down language barriers.

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Facebook joins many other partners including Trip Advisor, Harper Collins, Elsevier, Webster and eBay who are utilizing the translation API in innovative new ways to bring their services and content to new audiences and new languages. We hope to showcase many of these in the coming months on the Translator blog.

Today at Web 2.0, in a session titled “The Future of Big Data & the Global Web” we will be outlining the value that this data driven service provides to businesses as they look to expand their business and audience globally. We will also provide an inside look at how the service is built, and showcase some of the partners that have utilized the Translator service to great effect.

The Translator API offers instant text translation, language detection functionality, text-to-speech in multiple languages and innovative collaborative translation functionality. It was designed from ground up for partner use, and thus provides a choice of API interfaces: SOAP, AJAX, HTTP or OData, allowing developers to choose what works best for their scenario. If you are a web site owner looking for a simpler, no-code solution – the free webpage translation widget might be the best choice. It utilizes the same APIs, and provides additional community focused tools to customize the translations to your site and content in partnership with your visitors. A comprehensive FAQ is available here.

We believe in the idea of “Translation being a utility, and not a destination”, and you can join us in supporting that notion by utilizing the API to break down language walls on the web today. Subscribe to the free tier of service to get started. You can always upgrade to a higher level of service if you need to.

Vikram Dendi,
Director of Product Management,
Microsoft/Bing Translator

Also posted to the Bing Search blog.

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  • Hi. I am currently residing in Saudi Arabia. When I open microsoft-translator site, it opens in Arabic language and the worst part is there is  not option to render the trasnlation page into english itself (lacking internationalization)!

    Kindly look into it.

  • Hi. I am currently residing in Saudi Arabia. When I open microsoft-translator site, it opens in Arabic language and the worst part is there is  not option to render the trasnlation page into english itself (lacking internationalization)!

    Kindly look into it.

  • Hi John and Hasan,

    like many internet sites, the Bing Translator user interface language follows your browser's accept-language. You can typically change this under the browser options. In Internet Explorer this is under Tools.Options.Languages. If this doesn't help, use this URL to set your language to English: www.microsofttranslator.com.

    Let us know how it goes

    Chris Wendt

    Microsoft Translator

  • I am in Qatar, and I have been using Yahoo/Babelfish for years with no problems.  Now that URL is redirected to Bing/MS, the main page shows up in Arabic, and the settings option is not available.  I think this is some kind of IP sensing whhich automatically does me the "favor" of shifting webpage into Arabic.  I think Q-Tel blocks access to settings/configuration to keep search filters turned on (for censorship reasons).

    Arabs at work say there is no way to change main page language.

    As a resut, the translator is worthless now.  I have flushed DNS cache, deleted temp intnet files, etc.  I have no other international keyboards or language support.

    Can you recommend some way to fix this or work around, otherwise I will be forced to move on to another translator.

    FYI, when I go to Bing Translator through private VPN, all works OK in English with access to settings, so fairly sure this is something to do with a combination of redirect with language sense/location/IP and QTel port blocking.  (These features are mostly worthless and maddening)

  • Hi Jim,

    you can set the language of Bing Translator to English using this URL:

    www.microsofttranslator.com/?setlang=en-us.

    Your Microsoft Translator team

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