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  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Microsoft Translator Instant Answers Now On Bing

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    Use Bing to instantly translate queries from one language to another with our translation Instant Answer!  Starting today, when you are looking for a translation of a word or phrase, go to Bing.com and kick off an instant translation, powered by Microsoft Translator.  Instant translation is another way that Bing helps you complete tasks faster by presenting better organized and more relevant content.

    What to expect?

    Example query: translate I love you

    Bing returns:

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    Example query: translate I love you to Japanese

    Bing returns:

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    Example query: how do you say apple juice in Spanish

    Bing returns:

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    Enjoy!!

    Cheers,

    Lane Rau

    Microsoft Translator

  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Hebrew support is here. What do you want to see next?

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    שלום לעולם!

    I am pleased to announce that we just added Hebrew to the list of languages that we support. You can immediately use it in Bing Translator, in IE8, with the widget, with the messenger bot, inside Office and of course with the API.

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    I would like to congratulate our language quality and coverage team on the progress they have been making with new languages. Over the next few months you will see more languages added to the mix, and also continue to see quality improvements for existing languages. Feel free to leave a comment on this thread about any languages you would particularly like to see.

    We have also had many of you contacting us about helping find data sources that can be useful to train the machine translation system on – we appreciate your help! Our email address is mtcont@microsoft.com. Do stay in touch!

    -Vikram

  • Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog

    Office document translation (updated)

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    Update: Check out the new installer you can download to make this really easy!   

     Windows Live Translator is now integrated into Office!  One of the top features that our users ask for is simple integration of translation into Office, to translate a document quickly.  The feature is really easy to use, and you can translate a block of text or an entire document, from within Office. 

    We have officially handed over our code to the Microsoft Office team for the integration of the translation tool directly in the Research Task Pane.  Once they have finished their own testing and "flipped the switch" on their side, the feature will auto-update in existing versions of Office.  I'll blog about that here again when that happens - at that point, no additional setup steps will be necessary.

    In the meantime, you can use the instructions below to set up the service manually.  For users of Office 2003, I'll post those instructions later this week. 

    Office 2007 Setup Instructions:

    1) Click on the Review Tab

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    2a) Open the "Proofing" ribbon (if not already open)

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    2b) Select Research to open the research pane
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    3) In the research pane, go to the Research Options dialog

    After you've chosen the "Research" task pane, there should be a "Research options" hyperlink at the bottom of the pane. Click on this hyperlink to bring up the task pane.

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    4) Select the "Add Services" button

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    5) Enter the URL of the Microsoft Translator Web Service

    Here you'll need to type in the address of the Microsoft Translator Web Service:
    http://www.windowslivetranslator.com/officetrans/register.asmx

    Then click the "Add" button to continue.

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    6) Install the Microsoft Translator services

    Just click the "Install" button in this dialog.

    Note that you can't check any of the boxes; this is expected behavior. Translation systems, unlike other Research Pane plug-ins, are enabled in a different dialog. The next steps will cover this.

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    Now click "OK" to close the research options dialog.

    7) From the drop down box on the Research Pane, select the Translation subpane
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    At this point, Word may bring up a dialog saying, "Microsoft Word can't open the translation feature. This feature is not currently installed. Would you like to install it now?" Click "Yes" to install the feature.

    8) Bring up the Translation options dialog

    Just below the combo boxes that allow you to select the source and target language, there should be a hyperlink labeled "Translation options..". Click on it to open the translation options dialog. (Depending on what text you have highlighted and which translation features are installed and enabled on your machine, the Research task pane may look slightly different. That's OK; just find the "Translation options..." hyperlink.)

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    9) Pick Windows Live Translator as your translation engine

    This is where you specify which translation engines you'd like to use for each language pair. By default Word uses WorldLingo for all language pairs; this is where you can choose Windows Live Translator instead. (Certain Word installations don't seem to come with WorldLingo pre-installed, so you may not have to change anything here.)

    The language pairs currently available from Windows Live Translator are as follows:

    English ↔ Chinese (Simplified)

    English ↔ French

    English ↔ German

    English ↔ Italian

    English ↔ Arabic

    English ↔ Chinese (Traditional)

    English ↔ Dutch

    English ↔ Japanese

    English ↔ Korean

    English ↔ Portuguese (Brazil)

    English ↔ Spanish

    You may have slightly different settings for Bilingual Dictionaries (on the top half of the dialog); that's OK. You only need to look at and change the Machine Translation settings (on the bottom of the dialog). Again, if Windows Live Translator is already selected, you don't have to do anything.

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    Click OK to close the dialog. You are now ready to translate!

    Using the Translation Feature

    Now find or create a document that has some content you'd like to translate.

    1) Select text and click Translate

    The easiest way to bring up and use the translation task pane is to simply select some content in your Word document, and click on the Translation icon in the Review tab. You can also go to the Research task pane, type a query into the box, and select the Translation subpane.

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    2) Select an installed language pair

    By default, Word will list a variety of language pairs, even if you haven't installed a machine translation system for those pairs. In the "From" and "To" boxes, select a source and target language that correspond to one of the language pairs you installed above.

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    3) Inspect your translated output

    After a brief delay (during which the web service is invoked and the selected text is translated), the translated text should appear in the research pane.

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    4) Optionally insert the output into your document

    At the bottom of the MT output, there's a button that allows you to easily insert the translated output into your document.

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  • 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:

    Image of Wikipedia search result

    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

    Announcement: New languages added to Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator)

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    A little while ago I was asked to figure out a solution to a user experience problem that was affecting some of our offerings such as the widget, the Bing text and web page translators. A “bug” was assigned to me, asking me to weigh in on how to deal with a problem of plenty: Given we were about to add a substantial set of new languages we were running out of space to display them properly. What could be a quick interim fix?

    Several months ago, while announcing the availability of Hebrew in our language list, I had requested our community of users what else they wanted to see supported. Taking into account all the feedback that came in since then, we have been hard at work to add support to new languages. This is why it’s always a pleasure to encounter problems like the one above – they indicate that this work was coming to fruition.

    I am happy to announce the addition of seven new languages to our translation service. As always, they will be immediately available for your use through the APIs and all the products that consume the service. Here is the list of languages that have been added in the latest release. In addition there have been several updates to the Haitian Creole language since we last talked about it here.

    New languages:

    ROM - Romanian
    NOR - Norwegian
    HUN - Hungarian
    SKY - Slovak
    SLO - Slovenian
    LTH - Lithuanian
    TRK – Turkishimage

    This brings our languages supported number to 30 languages. Here is the full list:

    Currently available:

    ARA - Arabic
    CHS - Chinese Simplified
    CHT - Chinese Traditional
    NLD - Dutch
    ENU - English
    FRA - French
    DEU - German
    HEB – Hebrew
    HT – Haitian Creole
    ITA - Italian
    JPN - Japanese
    KOR - Korean
    PLK - Polish
    PTB - Portuguese
    RUS - Russian
    ESN - Spanish
    CSY - Czech
    DAN - Danish
    ELL - Greek
    SVE - Swedish
    THA - Thai
    BGR - Bulgarian
    FIN – Finnish
    ROM - Romanian
    NOR - Norwegian
    HUN - Hungarian
    SKY - Slovak
    SLO - Slovenian
    LTH - Lithuanian
    TRK - Turkish

    Head on over to our forums if you have specific feedback or looking for discussions about these new languages. We continue to work on adding even more languages to the service, so please keep sending us feedback and stay tuned for other announcements on this blog.

    With the addition of these new languages, the approach I recommended in the short term is visible in the translation toolbar – the language list uses a smaller font size. In the future, we intend to move to either a multiple column list, or another style of display for the list.

    I will look forward to more such problems, since it means we are meeting more expectations from you - our users. Enjoy the new languages!

     

    - Vikram Dendi, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Translator

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