Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

News and Views from the Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Team in Microsoft Research.

  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Have you seen the Bilingual Viewer?

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    Our web page translation includes a user interface we refer to as the Bilingual Viewer. It offers 4 types of bilingual views which users can choose depending on preference. The side-by-side and top/bottom views offer synchronized scrolling, highlighting, and navigation. In the two single language views, you can hover your mouse pointer over a sentence in one language and the corresponding passage in the other language is automatically displayed nearby for ease of reference. Finally, we render the translated text progressively on a web page in order to make it more quickly available for the user to read, while other page elements are still being translated in the background.

    To change your view, just click on one of the four options in the “Views” section on the upper right part of the site:

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    Side-by-side view:

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    Top/Bottom view:

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    Original with hover translation view:

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    Translation with hover original view:

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    Note: when you click on “Translate this page” while using Live Search, the web page will be opened in the Bilingual Viewer (in side-by-side view or the view you selected during your last viewing session).  Read more about that here

    Check out the bilingual viewer today if you haven’t played around with it before!  And as always, let us know your feedback :)

  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Microsoft Translator makes the Web more worldly

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    Did you know that Microsoft Translator powers translations in Live Search Bing? 

    For example, to translate this search result, click "Translate this page" at the end of the result description:

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    You'll see the page in a bilingual view, with the original page on the left, and the translated page on the right.

    Here is the list languages we support today:

    English to/from:

    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

    We'll roll out more languages over the next several months.

    So try clicking 'Translate this page' in your search results. Let us know what you think!

    Bing Search Blog

    Update (11/15): Edited the link to the Bing Search blog.

  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Have you tried the Translator AddIn?

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    The Translator Add-in can be added to any web page and makes it really easy for visitors to quickly translate the page into any one of our supported languages. The translation is conveniently displayed side-by-side with the original page so that both original and translated languages are available to the reader. There are also other display options available to try out.

    This is what visitors to your website will see:

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    There’s also a cool auto-detect feature that will pick up your visitor’s browser language and offer up the word “Translator” in their native language. 

    Have you implemented this on your web sites?  What do you think?  How can we improve it? 

    If you haven’t, try it out and let us know your feedback!

  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Translation powered by....Microsoft Translator!

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    Our team is celebrating a major milestone today - last week we successfully transitioned all of our translation services to technology developed right here in Microsoft Research! 

    As some of you may have noticed, up until last week, some of our languages were still supported by a third party technology for general domain requests.  Here's the summary of what this release means:

    • Translation now fully powered by the Microsoft Translator technology is available through Live Search, as well as IE8, the Windows Live Toolbar, and Windows Live Messenger.
    • All translation pairs on the site (11 English-X, 12 X-English) are powered by Microsoft Research-developed systems.
    • Two transliteration pairs (chs<->cht), courtesy of the Windows International team.
    • For several languages, better language quality.
    • And finally, the release of TBot, a translation bot for Windows Live Messenger.

    This release is the combination of all the effort that the team has put into machine translation, not only over the past months, but literally over the past years.  We are eager to hear back from our users - try out the system today and let us know what you think!

  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available!

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    The Microsoft Translator team is excited to announce the new translation bot for Windows Live Messenger! This Messenger bot does translations for you. Just add mtbot@hotmail.com to your contacts and start chatting. You can have one-on-one conversations with the bot, or you can invite a friend and chat in different languages with the bot translating for you.  As usual, remember that machine translation isn’t perfect – slang especially will give the engine trouble.

    You can also access Windows Live Messenger on your smartphone to use the bot to translate simple sentences while you’re traveling to other countries!

    The translator bot is localized into all of the languages for which we have translation support on www.microsofttranslator.com:

    The translator Bot supports the following translation languages (the latest list of languages can be found here): 

        • Arabic
        • Bulgarian
        • Chinese Simplified
        • Chinese Traditional
        • Czech
        • Danish
        • Dutch
        • English
        • Haitian Creole
        • Finnish
        • French
        • German
        • Greek
        • Hebrew
        • Italian
        • Japanese
        • Korean
        • Polish
        • Portuguese
        • Russian
        • Spanish
        • Swedish
        • Thai

    More languages will be rolled out over the next several months.  Start using the bot and let us know your feedback!

    FYI - at any time while you’re chatting with the bot, just type “TBot ?” to get a list of commands that the bot understands:

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    Update (1/25/2010): Updated language list and links.

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