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Bing Translator - Microsoft's Online Language Translation Service
Bing translator,previously known as Microsoft live translator, is a Microsoft’s free online language translation tool, now available with Bing services. At present, Bing translator is offering translation service of 32 foreign languages, including French, German, Italian, Arabic, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Russian and Spanish.
How to use Bing translation?
For using Bing translator service visit :Microsoft language translation For translation of any text or sentences type it on the left side gray box and the Bing will automatically detect the language you typed in. To get the translation, you just have to select the language you want your translation to be, from the “Languages” box and then click on the “Translate” button.
Web Page Translation in Bing
If you find a webpage written in foreign language want it to read in your own language, just copy the URL of that webpage and paste it into the “Enter text or webpage…” box of Bing Translator. From the languages box select the origin and translating language and then click the “translate” button.
What about the quality of the translation
Language translation is an extremely higher level of intellectual work, since a word might have a number of meanings and the actual meaning of a word also might depend on the context of what subject has been translated into and many other factors including culture and knowledge domain. So, far most of the available language translation software could not match the efficiency of perfect translation of a human translator, because in many cases just literal translation does not carry the actual theme of a sentence. As our technology is getting advanced and the development of artificial intelligence is getting better, we can expect that in future we will get high quality language translation software. Online free language translation software like “Bing Translator” is very useful for simple sentence structure translation, but for complex sentence structure you may need to depend on human translator for getting a comprehensive and quality translation of any language.
Auto language detection of Bing Translator
When you a paste passage written in foreign language in the Bing Translating software, most of the time auto-detection system will recognize the origin of the language by analyzing the sequence of characters in your text. But sometimes Bing translator may find difficulty to read the sequence correctly and may fail to give your desired output. So, it is better to select the origin of language after pasting the text for translation.
Reporting to Bing translating problems
Machines are not error free, if a machine cannot interpret the input clearly, then it might give unintelligible or irrelevant output. And Bing translator is no different than this. If you notice that Bing is giving offensive translation for non-offensive words or sentences the you can report this problem by clicking the link of “Report offensive translations” or for any other problem you can use Bing’s Feedback form in footer section of its homepage.
Things to remember when you translate a webpage with Bing translator
- Not always all websites will be translated with Bing due to a number of reasons. So, when you face the problem of translating a website with Bing keep in mind the following things:
- Bing does not translate any secure sites like https sites.
- Some website may have opted for no translating option by adding translate=’no’ Meta tag in its HTML-this type of page won’t be translated in Bing Translator.
- Both images and Flash text will not be translated
- Bing translator may not work with all the combination of web browsers and operating system combination. For example if you have Windows XP SP2 then you should use at least IE 6.0
Bing Translating Widget
This is a useful option for adding widgets to websites to offer users the flexibility to translate webpages within the websites. To get this free feature you can visit Microsoft Language Widget and then put the address of you site in the “site address” box and select the language of the content of your website. Keep the settings of translation as manual and at the bottom of the page you will see a “Generate Widget” bar, select the box to agree with the terms and then click on the “Generate Code” button. Put the code on the main page of your website to give your users on-site web translation facility.
MIX 2010-Translator V2 API & Widget
To overcome the machine errors and to give human touch in the translation Microsoft has announced a new Translation API called MIX 2010. It is basically an update to Bing translation that has SSL functionality and also can translate text into speech. It is a free language widget and anybody have a website want to give translation option to its users can incorporate this easy-to-use widget with their website.
Translating software has its limitations and if you are looking for finding a highly intuitive translator capable of translating with the same effectiveness of humans, then you better opt for human translator so as your translation does not look mechanical. For developing a powerful and efficient translator does not depend on the computing power, it depend on the creativity of translating algorithm and as far as human translator are concerned there is no alternative of them so far. But, online translator like Bing can certainly help you readily solve the problem of translating a language totally unintelligible to you and definitely website translating option of Bing can draw more global customers to your site.
Similar to Bing translator, Google also offering online language translation service known as Google Translate