Congratulations to the MSR-MT researchers!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published its 2008 Machine Translation Evaluation Results.  From their website: The NIST 2008 Machine Translation Evaluation (MT-08) is part of an ongoing series of evaluations of human language translation technology. NIST conducts these evaluations in order to support machine translation (MT) research and help advance the state-of-the-art…

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Hello from MSR-MT’s new blogger!

Thanks for the intro, Vikram!  I’m the new marketing communications manager for the Machine Translation team in MSR, and I’m really excited to be a part of the team!  I’m looking forward to sharing some of the great new improvements to the service that the team is working on, as well as hearing comments from the…

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New Blogger on the block – Please welcome Lane!

I wanted to post a quick note welcoming Lane, who will be bringing you updates (more regularly than before) about what’s new and exciting in our team. Welcome Lane! On that note, Lane and Andrea were at the MSR Silicon Valley Road Show event showing off our products and technology. Robert Scoble from Fastcompany has…

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IE8 Translation Activity

Our friends over in the Internet Explorer building recently released a developer preview version of IE8. There are a lot of interesting features in IE8 developer beta 1, ranging from improved standards compatibility to improving security through elegant tweaks to the address bar. Web slices, improved Favorites bar and the developer toolbar are some other…

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To Bot or not to Bot (IM Translation)

Did you know that MSN messenger recently became* is the number one instant messenger in the world? Last summer, thanks to the efforts of Helvecio on our team, the MTBot prototype project quietly launched – to provide a glimpse to the community of 28.6 million unique messenger users what might be possible when you combine…

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

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…

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Translate This and Translate My Page Functionality with Windows Live Translator

Every now and then I look at visitor logs on the various personal and professional sites/blogs that I administer. It makes for a fascinating experience to see the many places worldwide that visitors come from. I have often wondered about non English speakers and how I could make my writing more accessible to them. While…

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New Live Search and Translation Results Integration

Have you tried the new Windows Live Search? I have been using it as the default search on all my computers at work and home (10+ of them) and am very impressed by the improvements. While all the great new features are quite excellent, I am very pleased with the quality (relevance) of the search…

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Extended FAQ for the Microsoft Translator

  1) Where can I find help with the translator service? Help and FAQ are here. 2) How is the text translated? Text is translated by computer software automatically and without human involvement. Web pages about computer-related topics are translated by Microsoft’s own state-of-the-art statistical machine translation technology which has been trained on large amounts…

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Introducing: Windows Live Translator Beta

There has been some great coverage recently on the beta release of our new online translation service. In this post I would like to provide you with information regarding Microsoft’s entry into the free online machine translation field – straight from the horse’s mouth, figuratively speaking. The URL of the translation home page is http://www.microsofttranslator.com,…

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