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  • Microsoft Translator Team Blog

    TechEd Europe: Microsoft Translator widget and APIs in beta

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    Hallo aus Berlin!

    Thanks to the great feedback from the early adopters of the Microsoft Translator widget and APIs, we are pleased to remove the invite requirement and move the widget and APIs to public beta. Anyone can now generate a snippet for their site or application from the widget and AJAX API adoption portals.

    techedbadgeLikewise, we are also pleased to announce the availability of API (SOAP and HTTP) licensing terms for commercial applications. Feel free to email mtlic@microsoft.com for more information. While in beta, there is no charge for commercial use of the API. The widget and AJAX API continue to be free for commercial use under the standard terms of use.TechEdEurope

    Thank you for all those who attended today’s session at TechEd Europe. Here is a recap:

    • Microsoft Translator APIs and the webpage widget are now in beta
    • Generate a translator widget for your webpage here, or use the AJAX API to further customize the translation experience
    • Detailed reference for the APIs on MSDN, Getting started guides for ASP.NET and PHP, Interactive SDK
    • 20+ languages supported by the service now (the latest 2 to be added in the next few days – Finnish and Bulgarian)
    • New to windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8? Try the “Translate with Bing” accelerator powered by Microsoft Translator!
    • Microsoft Translator powers millions of translations each day for Office (2003-2010), Bing, Live Toolbar and the unique Messenger bot
    • Commercial licenses for the SOAP and HTTP APIs are available at no cost. Contact mtlic@microsoft.com for more details

    We also greatly appreciate all the great feedback on what languages you would like to see, and we hope to satisfy many of the requests within the next few months. Stay tuned and keep the feedback coming!

    -Vikram Dendi

    Microsoft Translator

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    Twenty is a nice round number – say ยินดีต้อนรับ (welcome) to our newest release!

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    In my last update I had asked about what languages you wanted Microsoft Translator service to support. Thank you for taking the time to respond. We are pleased to announce that last week we added Czech (CSY), Danish (DAN), Greek (ELL), Swedish (SVE) and Thai (THA), taking our language count to a nice round 20. image

    Here is the complete list as of today: image

    • ARA – Arabic
    • CHS - Chinese Simplified
    • CHT - Chinese Traditional
    • NLD - Dutch
    • ENU - English
    • FRA - French
    • DEU - German
    • HEB - Hebrew
    • ITA - Italian
    • JPN - Japanese
    • KOR - Korean
    • PLK - Polish
    • PTB - Portuguese
    • RUS - Russian
    • ESN - Spanish
    • CSY - Czech
    • DAN - Danish
    • ELL - Greek
    • SVE - Swedish
    • THA - Thai

    You will be able to translate between these languages in all Microsoft Translator powered services including Bing Translator, Internet Explorer Accelerator, Office, Widget as well as in our APIs. Feel free to send in your feedback on the new languages via the forum. We do keenly follow your recommendations and requests as we prioritize new languages – so please do keep them coming in the comments section!

    -Vikram Dendi

    Microsoft Translator

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    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 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 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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