Tried the Translator AddIn

last week Microsoft Research Machine Translation team successfully transitioned all of their translation services to technology developed right here in Microsoft Research! 

As some of you may have noticed, 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。

Now, The Translator Add-in can be added to our 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 our 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.