Greetings Messenger fans –
One of the benefits of working at a place like Microsoft is that there are all sorts of teams working on cool technology that we get to share with each other. Messenger just benefited from such a group within Microsoft Research that focuses on translation technologies. Which is great for a person like me that has friends who speak another language – especially since I often need help remembering translations.
If you want to interact with the new translator agent, just click here or add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list and start chatting. You can have one-on-one conversations with the bot where it will respond with the translation. Or you can invite a friend and each chat in a different language with the bot translating between you.
Today, the bot can translate:
- English to/from:
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
- Russian (Russian –> English only)
- Chinese Simplified <-> Chinese Traditional
The team will continue to add more languages over the next several months. So if you’re looking for a particular language / translation, definitely let us know.
And for another cool use of the same technology, check this out: http://www.windowslivetranslator.com.