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


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 :-))

Comments (17)

  1. anonymous says:

    1. How about a SideBar Gadget?

    2. Will and if yes when will MS develop their own translation technology?

    3. Google also has a bilingual view, only difference is that their original text appears as hovering/floating text upon mouseover.

  2. Andrea Jessee says:

    In response to:

    Monday, November 12, 2007 7:51 AM by anonymous

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

    1. How about a SideBar Gadget?

    <AJ:> Yes, we are considering releasing one as well.

    2. Will and if yes when will MS develop their own translation technology?

    <AJ:> MS is already developing their own translation technology. It is based on statistical methods and particularly well-suited for computer/technical content. You can enable it on our home page: http://translator.live.com by checking the "Computer-related content" option. Certain technical web pages will also be automatically translated Microsoft’s own translation service (e.g. msdn).

    3. Google also has a bilingual view, only difference is that their original text appears as hovering/floating text upon mouseover.

     <AJ> Indeed. It is comparable to our "Translation with Original" view which we also offer as one of our 4 differnt views offerings.

    Thank you! – Andrea Jessee (MSR-MT PM)

  3. Our colleagues from the Microsoft Research (MSR) group have started blogging about the statistical machine

  4. Our colleagues from the Microsoft Research (MSR) group have started blogging about the statistical machine

  5. Thierry Fontenelle publishes on the Office Natural Language Team Blog the MSR blog on the Microsoft Research

  6. Thierry Fontenelle publishes on the Office Natural Language Team Blog the MSR blog on the Microsoft Research

  7. Mes collègues de Microsoft Research (MSR) ont récemment créé leur propre blog où ils présentent le système

  8. Mes collègues de Microsoft Research (MSR) ont récemment créé leur propre blog où ils présentent le système

  9. Does it deliver 100% accurate and secure?

    TranslationIndia.com

  10. Good idea!! Do you plan to feature machine translation in languages of the Indian sub-continent too?

  11. MTTeam says:

    IAFL: we would love to – keep tuned to this blog for any news regarding expanded language coverage

    thanks!

    Vikram (MSR)

  12. Interesting. I think I’ll install the Toolbar to try it out. I wonder how it compares to other machine translators.

  13. computerproducts says:

    I like the convenience the Toolbar Translator Button provides.

  14. qualitydirectory says:

    This little button saves me a lot of time. I do my work faster nowadays.

  15. Lasse says:

    is gone from the gallery… I miss it !

  16. BENTAZAR says:

    TRADUCTION ESPAGNOLE EN FRANCAIS

  17. <a href="http://www.langjobs.com">LangJobs Translation</a> says:

    I'm really happy to see this tool but would like to explore more on its accuracy.