Windows Live Messenger Translation Bot

Over at meraTechPort, Vasudev reports the launch of the Windows Live Messenger Translation Bot:

Microsoft Research Machine Translation team has come out with an IM Translation Bot. MTBot prototype project which made it possible to combine machine translation technology with instant messaging. Great work!!

This will help millions of Windows Live Messenger users to make use of this IM Bot which will act as a human translator, participating in conferences and translating messages as they are sent by all parties.

So how to use this Windows Live Messenger Translation Bot?
Just add [email protected] to your contact list, and once you’re accepted send it one of the following messages:
– Hello: activates the bot to translate from English to any of the available languages (you will be prompted to select one)
– Hallo: activates the bot to translate from German to either English or French (you will be prompted to inform your option)
– Oi: activates the bot to translate from Portuguese to English (no other language is available)
– 你好: activates the bot to translate from Chinese Simplified to English (no other language is available)
– こんにちは: activates the bot to translate from Japanese to English (no other language is available)

So once you add it to your contacts, wait for its status change to Online. Then send a ‘Hello’ to bot, to start your conversation with the Translation Bot. It gives you list of languages you want the translation and you have to enter say for example ‘ja’ for Japanese. After that the Bot will tell to invite your friend to join the conversation who wants this translation. So from this point on everything I type gets translated to Japanese and whatever friend types will be translated from Japanese to English.

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Another use pointed by the MSR-MT is “Another typical use is as portable translator: using Messenger from any Smartphone a user can translate simple sentences when traveling to other countries. “. Yes, it will be very useful .

Also keep in mind that this is experimental and there is a possibility the bot might be offline from time to time…..

Full article: meraTechPort: Windows Live Messenger Translation Bot

Absolutely one very handy bot to have on your contact list! Thanks Vas for the heads up! And thanks Microsoft Research Machine Team for helping people cross the language barrier.

If you would like to help out with this great initiative, Helvecio seeks help with the following:

I need help translating resource files to Arabic, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I also need help with Japanese. Send me a message if you feel you can help :-)

Head over to http://mtbotprototype.spaces.live.com/ to send Helvecio a message if you feel you can help out. Your feedback is welcome on the To Bot or not to Bot (IM Translation) thread at the Microsoft Research Machine Translation (MSR-MT) Team Blog.