IE8 Beta 2 – Translation Accelerator

Last week the Internet Explorer team announced the Beta 2 release of IE8 (you can download it here).  This is great news for users of translation services, because IE8 incorporates translation directly into your browsing experience!  No need to cut and paste text from the site you are viewing into our landing page.  You now have ready access to the service – from any page you visit!  Now you can simply select some text and then click on the blue Accelerators icon. With the "Translate with Windows Live" Accelerator in Internet Explorer 8, you can get an in-place translation of the selected text displayed directly on the page.

Here's how it works:

Select a block of text on a web page:


See the blue arrow that now hovers on the page – click on it:


You have a few options here – if you hover over the menu item “Translate with Windows Live”, you will see an instant preview of the translated text (you can also change your language here):


If you click on the menu item instead of hovering over, you'll be taken to the Translator main page and the text will be translated there. Note that the URL text box is pre-populated with the page you were browsing before, so if you decide to translate the whole page all you have to do is click the button

Other options:

· Without selecting any text, right-click anywhere in the page and click on the menu item. Your web page will be directed to the bilingual viewer, and begin to be translated.

· Select a hyperlink, right click to invoke the menu and click on 'Translate with Windows Live'. The hyperlinked target page will be directed to the bilingual viewer, and begin to be translated.

Enjoy! Please let us know your feedback on the experience. 

Comments (39)

  1. Mes collègues de Microsoft Research l’annonçaient il y a quelques jours : toutes les paires de langues

  2. Joyce says:

    Hello, I’m a student who just installed Internet Explorer 8 Beta and am really interested in this translation accelerator, particularly because of the preview because it is a really fast, easy way for things to get translated.

    however, i find that i cannot change the default translation language. For example i wish to turn text from german to english. In fact, 90% of the time, i wish to turn text from german to english, but the preview will always be in Arabic-English unless I manually change the lange option every time.

    is there a way around this? thank you

  3. hexaae says:

    I have installed final IE8 on Vista SP1, ITA, x86 and have the same problem: default translation is arabic-english and I can’t change it.

    The weird thing is that with Protected mode disabled the accelerator is ok instead and shows as default english-italian.

    There is a bug somewhere in the installation that involves Protected mode.

  4. hexaae says:


    Have had to delete EVERYTHING from Tools/Delete Browsing History, EXcluding only first checkmark option!

    Deleting cookies more and more times was not enough!

  5. says:

    please   i would like    mainden   and  zipcody in  my life  thanks

  6. I’m still in the testing period of this translator and bits of information I’m getting here and there are enlightening.

  7. 25.6.2009.atte.siempre que uso vuestro traslate no se si mi envio llega a destino .en ningun rincon del traslate no ofia la orden de enviarlo .quiero que me comprenda nunca se si mi traslate llega a destino .respetuosamente.salomon jelen.kibutz metzer.israel.

  8. computerproducts says:

    I don’t have a translation service but I still use this tool because I have clients all over the world. And Microsoft Translator makes my online translation a lot easier.

  9. asaf says:


    i just installed explorer 8 and found out about the translator.the prob is it doesnt have an Hebrew language.if any1 knows where i could update or download a different 1 with Hebrew.


  10. Raul lobatos says:

    que bueno que ayga traductor  de idiomas

  11. thomas says:

    i have anything in translator, french to french ? why


  12. Pavani says:

    How can i specify a "german" language in translator method

  13. Chris Wendt says:

    Hi Pavani,

    when you hover over the "Translate with Live Search" menu item, you can see the preview of the translation and the from: and to: languages. You can freely change the from: and to: languages at this point, including German.

  14. Chris Wendt says:

    Hello Asaf,

    Translator does support Hebrew now.

  15. Pavani says:

    Thanks for your reply.

    But i want to use this translator service in windows application. When i m using code "ge" it throws an Exception.

  16. Chris Wendt says:

    I see. The code for German in the API is "de" ("deutsch"), following the ISO 639 naming standard.

  17. Pavani says:

    Thanks Chris Wendt.

    I got it now.

  18. giuseppe says:

    vorrei provare il vostro traduttore

  19. Scusate, vi ringrazio anzitutto per le comunicazioni effettuate, sembre sono molto utili anche se evidenziano problemi non risolti, vorrei anzitutto sapere se traduzione accelerazione funziona a 64 bit, avendo appena cambiato il pc con hp hdx serie premiun e vedo che ho alcuni problemi con softwer che non sono compatibili con 64 bit in alta definizione mi sgrana il carattere. Vi ringrazio per la attenzione e resto in attesa di un vostrro aiuto saluti

  20. niomar says:

    gostaria de contar com esta ferramenta

  21. niomar says:

    gostaria de contar com este tradutor

  22. siva says:

    Thanks a lot guys , just found this feature and am loving it 🙂

  23. kieran digney says:

    this tool has become very handy for me, even if its just for chat forums, knocks down alot of barriers 🙂

  24. José Benedito Filho says:

    Excelente tradutor para mim que sou professor de Química, preciso de pesquisar trabalhos fora do país, foi ótimo!

  25. gen says:

    where is the lithuanian I need to translate from lithuanian to english…please

  26. jean-pierre michaud says:

    je vais voir si sa marche bien aprée je vais faire un commentaire

  27. jean-pierre michaud says:

    je vais faire un commentaire si sa marche bien

  28. Com o TRANSLATOR o mundo é meuuuuuu! ! ! ! ! !

    Parabens,Microsoft.Voce é The BEST ! ! ! ! ! !

             Sua fã,  


  29. Translator, juntos rodaremos o mundo !


  30. nik says:

    language translations we need is croation- hrvatski

  31. Hi gen and nik,

    We’re working on many new languages.  You’ll see both lithuanian and croatian in future releases.  Thanks for your support.

    William Lewis

    Microsoft Translator

  32. Rami Murali says:

    I like your Translation Accelerator.

  33. иваныч says:

    это очень удобно

  34. A. Chkouri says:

    I am glad with this program. I want practis language english, so that's way i am very happy with this.

    Thanks a lot and my regarding

    yours sincerely,

    A. Chkouri

  35. Hi Chkuri,

    I'm glad that we can be of help.

    Microsoft Translator team

  36. Mark007 says:

    Do you have a smart phone app or widget portuguese to english

  37. diana says:

    quiero que mi entrada a mi corerreo sea en español y toda la informacion que me llegue pues nu se que me dicen en otros idiomas en

  38. McEntyreHerbert says:

    I like this to be able to talk to any one anywhere in the world. it is A neat thing

    I guess youall can tell i'am knew at this. it is so exciting!

  39. Tony says:

    Can I translate post on face book to ?

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