Microsoft (silently) launches "Live Translator"

Reading TechCrunch tonight and a post popped up indicating Microsoft has a Free Machine Translation site up now called Windows Live Translator BETA.

My initial reaction, just like Mike’s @ TC, was “YAWN”….. After all Babel Fish has been around, well roughly forever as far as the web is concerned and to top it off Microsoft’s also bears the “Powered by SYSTRAN” badge.

I initially wrote it off as a “whatever” but just for kicks ran our site through it to see if the engine came back with anything different form Babel Fish or Google’s tools (it didn’t) – at least not on the language front. Interface wise though, Microsoft just upped the ante.

Microsoft has four view choices when you get your translation results:

Side-by-Side

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Note the highlight on the corresponding chunks of text! There’s also a Top/Bottom view which is identical to this.

Source w/Translation Hover

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Hover over a sentence and a block will appear with the translation.

Target w/Source Hover:

live_trans3

Like above but with the source appearing in the hover box.

Certainly nothing earth shattering here but I’d definitely say hands-down this is one of the best free machine translation interfaces on the web right now.

Source: TechCrunch