For some time now I've been using Windows Live Translator on several sites published in different languages for both work and play.  Just recently, I discovered that it can also be used on this blog to help anyone read it in their native language.  If you scroll down the page a bit, you'll see this  in the news section:

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Simply use the drop down box to select the language you'd rather see the site in and away you go.  So the news is that this can be put on any website with a simple bit of code available here.

Windows Live Translator can also be used to provide a link to another another website and translate it into another language. To understand that try the following:

 

University of Lyon's web site in French

University of Lyon's web site in English

Similarly here is Oxford University's website in Chinese (simplified).

and Perm State University's website from Russian to English.

The languages available today are:

  • English to/from:
    • Arabic
    • Chinese Simplified
    • Chinese Traditional
    • Dutch - would have been helpful on my holiday earlier this year.
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Portuguese
    • Russian (Russian to English only)
    • Spanish
  • Chinese Simplified to/from Chinese Traditional
  • The translation service can also be added to both Office 2003 and Office 2007.

    Also on the subject of Windows Live Translator, you can also use it to translate Windows Live Messenger, this means that it's possible for you and your buddy to type in your native language and it will be translated on the fly.  For more information visit here.