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A metal can (can’t it?): Guest Blog

Lee Schwartz is a Computational Linguist on the Microsoft Translator team.  Today’s guest blog is about getting lost in (machine) translation… ———————————————————————————– Recently, a user seemed upset with the translation he received for a metal paint can.  No wonder.  When he translated this into Spanish, he got un metal pintura puede, which means a metal paint is able to.  And,….

Translation User Experience: Guest Blog

Andrea Jessee is the Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Translator team in charge of the user experience.  Today’s guest blog is how the team thinks about user experience with translation.  Creating a better user experience We have shown the suite of Microsoft Translation services at various shows and tech events. The number one question we get is: Show me….

New language pair on

The Translator team is excited to announce the availability of the English to Russian language pair on  This language pair is now available across all implementations of the translator technology, including Live Search and (in the next few days) the Windows Live Messenger TBot.  You have probably noticed that the Russian to English language pair has been available for….

Linking to a foreign language web page with Microsoft Translator

Have you ever wanted to link to a web page that is in a different language than your own site? (Update 01-2015) Translator Widget: For your own pages (http and https) The Microsoft Translator webpage widget allows you to deliver the page in multiple languages, without taking your users away from the site. Go here to get the code snippet….

Politically Incorrect Machines

While we at the Machine Translation team have been seeing increasing traffic to our various offerings over the past few months, we noticed a sudden bump in traffic yesterday. Having grown up on Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, such mysteries are irresistible for me – and a number of other folks on the team were just as curious to find….

Have you seen the Bilingual Viewer?

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….

Microsoft Translator makes the Web more worldly

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: 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….

Have you tried the Translator AddIn?

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….

Translation powered by….Microsoft Translator!

Our team is celebrating a major milestone today – last week we successfully transitioned all of our translation services to technology developed right here in Microsoft Research!  As some of you may have noticed, up until last week, some of our languages were still supported by a third party technology for general domain requests.  Here’s the summary of what this….

Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available!

  The Microsoft Translator team is excited to announce the new translation bot for Windows Live Messenger! This Messenger bot does translations for you. Just add to your contacts and start chatting. You can have one-on-one conversations with the bot, or you can invite a friend and chat in different languages with the bot translating for you.  As usual,….

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