Microsoft today released the updated Bing Translator widgets for webmasters. The Translator web page widget allows you to bring real-time, in-place translation to your web site. Users can see your pages in their own language without having to go to a separate translation web site. The current widget design was replaced by a new simple one. You can watch video demo of how it works in the video above. Also, you can customize the widget for your needs. Allow your visitors to translate any page with the simple click of a bookmark. Translation happens in place without leaving the page with this light-weight, cross-browser plugin. Configuration Options: Translation Settings – Set when to translate (Manual or Automatic). Pick a Color – Select a Dark or Light version of the widget to fit your site. Community Translations -  Allow visitors to suggest alternate translations. Adding Bing Translator to Web Pages: There ...

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Microsoft Bing team has today updated their Translator app for Windows devices in Store. The new update now brings in the same speech-to-speech functionality that Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 users already have. Also there are now some other new features and improvements. Read it below. Now users can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any Windows device. Simply speak into your device by using the microphone feature to place orders or ask for directions, and hear the translated words in a native speaker’s accent. In addition to speech input, this new release of the Translator app now offers users the option to use the camera feature in both portrait and landscape mode. Simply point your camera, scan and translate printed language using your tablet or PC to create subtitles for everyday life. Download the app here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft Research today posted the above video which shows how Kinect’s sign language translation capabilities help the hearing and the deaf communicate. You can communicate between American sign language and Chinese sign language or potentially any sign languages to any other natural languages. Kinect detects the sign language and converts into natural spoken language. There is a avatar in the system to represent the hearing person doing the signing. It’s a proxy for the hearing person. It basically uses machine language and pattern recognition to achieve this results. This project has a huge potential. Watch the video above. Read more from http://research.microsoft.com/ ...

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Microsoft continues to integrate Bing services into more of their product portfolio.  The Bing translator app will be launching for Word & PowerPoint 2013 later today.  The Next at Microsoft Blog reports: For those who use Word and PowerPoint, the Translator app in the Office Store is launching Monday in conjunction with International Translation Day.  Expanding on top of built-in functionality within the products, it allows you to select any text and instantly translate it.  Using this app, organizations can utilize within Office the custom translation systems they built with the Microsoft Translator Hub.  Already, Office users translate over 1.3 million characters each hour using the built-in translation features. Please read their full post celebrating International Translation Day       ...

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In light of the political crisis in Egypt, Twitter said Wednesday it put in place a new tool to translate accounts of some prominent Egyptians into English. “As part of our experiment with tweet text translation, we’ve enabled translation for some of the most-followed accounts in Egypt, so people around the world can better understand and keep up with what’s happening there,” Twitter said in a statement. About 100 Twitter accounts are affected, including those of Mohammed Morsi, the president ousted by Egypt’s military, prominent opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei and Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim. We previously reported on Twitter testing the Bing Translator: http://microsoft-news.com/twitter-testing-bing-powered-translation-feature/ Source: WSJ (Wall Street Journal) ...

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Language labs is a new project from Microsoft Translator team where you can try out experimental new features and research prototypes. The site now has three new experiments, 1) Contextual Thesaurus: Translate from English to English to explore alternate ways of expressing the same idea. Try it now! 2) Translator Bookmarklet: Translate any page with the simple click of a bookmark. Translation happens in place without leaving the page with this light-weight, cross-browser plugin. Try it now! 3) Universal Text Input: Universal Text Input allows you to input any language using only the Roman characters. Use it here or on any website. Try it now! You can visit the labs website at http://labs.microsofttranslator.com/.   Source: Liveside.net, istartedsomething ...

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Yesterday at BUILD conference,  Microsoft have made some announcements regarding its Microsoft Translator API service, From their blog, Microsoft Translator API available via the Windows Azure Marketplace at various volume levels to meet your needs Reiterating our support for standards by supporting OData and adding standards based (OAuth) authentication for greater security Publishing the pricing model for the various subscription tiers to best fit your needs (in addition to the free tier that we currently offer) In addition to the MS Translator API in Windows Azure Marketplace, the following are the changes to the pricing model. The good news is that existing licenses are not affected by this announcement and free tier API’s for hobbyists still exists. In addition to a no-cost tier that is designed for low-volume and hobbyist use, you can today subscribe to higher volume tiers at an attractive price point. You can subscribe to tiers ranging from 4M ...

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Microsoft Translator team yesterday blogged about the significant update to Microsoft Translator Widget And Translator API’s. Microsoft Translator is the technology behind Bing Translator service. Given that the recent incident of shutting down Google Translator API by Google leaving developers in cold, Microsoft is pretty much focused on it well as opposed to Google. The new features coming are as follows, Microsoft Translator Widget: Manage Translators: The popular Microsoft Translator widget, which has been used by thousands of websites to instantly deliver translated pages to their visitors, is receiving a major update. The collaborative translations feature that we released as a technology preview last year is now complete, and addsa user and role management system that enables site owners to collaborate with their visitors, trusted translators and moderators to tailor the translations to their content. The sometimes less than perfect quality of the Machine Translation system is no longer preventing you from delivering your ...

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