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

    Any-to-Any Translations and Language Autodetect now available for Microsoft Translator

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    Today our team released some exciting updates for Microsoft Translator! It is now possible to translate from any of our languages to any other language. Spanish to Chinese? Arabic to German? Check :)

    We have also added a Language Autodetect feature to our webpage translator. So if you’re on a page that’s in a language you don’t recognize, our translation engine will autodetect the language on the source page, and automatically start translating into the language of your choice.

    We’ve also cleaned up our landing page to try and make it a bit easier to use. Let us know what you think!

    In addition, some of you noticed that there was a bug for some PC configurations with IE8. There was a bug where the IE8 Accelerator did not remember the user’s selected language. With this release, the bug has been fixed. Thanks to those of you who caught the bug and let us know!! An added bonus: you can also translate from any language to any other language in the preview pane!

    Translation Accelerator

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    Office 2003 setup instructions (updated)

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

    Following up on last week's post on the integration of translation into Office, here are the instructions to set it up in Office 2003, for our users who do not have Office 2007. 

    1) Open the task pane

    First bring up the task pane by selecting "Task Pane" on the View menu (or pressing Ctrl-F1):

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    2) Select the research pane

    In the Task pane drop-down menu (here labeled "Getting Started"), select the "Research" task pane.

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    3) 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) Select the Translation subpane from the drop down menu

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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) 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 MSR-MT are as follows:

    English ↔ Chinese (Simplified)

    English ↔ French

    English ↔ German

    English ↔ Italian

    English ↔ Japanese

    English ↔ Spanish

    English → Arabic

    English → Chinese (Traditional)

    English → Dutch

    English → Korean

    English → Portuguese (Brazil)

    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 should now be 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, right click and select Translate

    The easiest way to bring up and use the translation task pane is to simply select some content in your Word document, right click, and select the "Translation" option. 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 MT output 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

    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

    New on the Windows Live Gallery: The Toolbar Translator Button!

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    Translator Now available: The Windows Live Toolbar Translator Button!

    So many people said: I wish I had a simple button to translate a web page when I need it! Imagine: you browse for the latest digital camera information and before you know it, you end up on a Japanese web page and you don’t understand what it says. Did you bookmark the URL to a web page translator? Wouldn’t it be convenient to just get an English translation of this Japanese site with a simple mouse click?

    If it happened to you before that your browsing experience crossed over to a specific language, your Windows Live Toolbar button will remember the last language you needed a translation for. E.g. if it was from Japanese to English, a simple click on your button will now give you an English translation in our unique bilingual view along-side the Japanese original site. If you are, however, not in need of a Japanese-->English translation, but landed on a – say - French site, you can easily adjust the language selection in the bilingual viewer’s language drop down box. Or: you can expand the little downward arrow next to the toolbar button: cid:image002.png@01C82081.5EC49270 and choose which language selection you would like to see applied when the button is clicked:

    With this toolbar button, web page translations are literally only a mouse click away. It doesn’t get much easier than that!! Try it out.

    Cheers - Andrea (Your friendly neighborhood Translator PM :-))

  • 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!

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