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 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: