posted by Dharmesh

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 mtbot@hotmail.com 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:
    • Arabic
    • Chinese Simplified
    • Chinese Traditional
    • Dutch
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Portuguese
    • Russian (Russian –> English only)
    • Spanish
  • 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

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