Our friends over in Live Search featured Microsoft Translator in their MIX09 blog post - check it out!
The Microsoft Translator team is very proud to announce the technology preview of an innovative offering for web page translations. Attendees to MIX09 this week get a special invitation to try out the Microsoft Translator web page widget. We are also accepting registrations, and will be sending out more invites as they become available.
What it is: Built on top of the Microsoft Translator AJAX API (also announced today) it is a small, customizable widget that you can place on your web page – and it helps you instantly makes the page available in multiple languages.
What it offers: It provides a simple interface to anyone that visits the web page to select and translate content into a different language. You can see a demo on this page.
What is cool about it:
Fun! What does it cost: It is completely free. You can put it on any site – commercial or non-commercial. You are only limited by the invite codes available at this point, but over the coming months we plan to make it more widely available.
What we are working on:
I can’t get it to work. Where can I get support or provide feedback?
I would like to highlight that this is a technology preview release – so please do test it on your site before presenting to your users. The Microsoft Translator forums are now live. Feel free to head over and interact with other users. You will also find members of our team there who can help.
Can this save me the cost of doing human translation on my professional website?
Our goal (and that of most machine translation systems available today) is to provide what we call “useful” translations. While the technology is improving month to month, it will still take a long time before it can match human translation quality. We don’t recommend using machine translation for sensitive or highly critical information. You can learn more about translation quality here and here. You can learn more about how we do machine translation here.
How many languages do you support? When can you add support for <insert language here>?
Currently we support the following languages.
· Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)
Polish was our most recent addition. Our goal is to keep adding languages as we get enough training data to meet our minimum (“useful”) quality criteria which include both standard measurements and human evaluations.
We are looking to work with providers of hosted services to make adding the widget an easy process for their users. If your provider does not offer this, please let them and us know that you would like to see the widget work with your site.
Keep checking this post and our forums for announcements, known issues and more information. You can follow our MIX09 coverage on twitter and on Vikram’s blog.
Last Updated: 3/18/2009, 4:15 PM
The Microsoft Translator team is sponsoring MIX 09 this year and we will be showing off the new web page translation widget and the translator APIs. If you are attending MIX, come to our session!
All attendees go widget invite codes in the bags. At this session you will see how you can make use of them.
MIX09-B05M Exposing Web Content to a Global Audience Using Machine Translation. San Polo 3401 | Thursday March 19 |1:25 PM-1:45 PM
We will also be at the Live Search session.
MIX09-T33F Customized Live Search for Web and Client Applications. Delfino 4001| Thursday March 19 |1:00 PM-2:15 PM |
We will also be giving out the exclusive API invite codes at these sessions – so make sure to be there!
Keep an eye on this blog for further news and tidbits from MIX.
- Vikram Dendi Business Strategy & Front End Program Management Microsoft Translator
We are happy to announce the release of our English <-> Polish translation engine! Some of you have been asking us about Polish translation, and we’re excited to deliver for you! We’ve also made some quality improvements to our Spanish, French, German, and Italian engines – if you’ve tried these languages out in the past, give them another try and let us know what you think.
One more thing I wanted to mention - we try out various features from time to time, as part of our commitment to offer new ways for our users to take advantage of translation. You might notice that the link to get a professional translation has been taken down as part of our current release. We launched this service back in June 2008. This experimental feature has run its course (for now) and we are evaluating the experience to see how we could make it better. Stay tuned to this blog for updates, and of course your feedback is always appreciated!