Microsoft Translator v2 widget and APIs

By Kip Kniskern | Posted March 16, 2010 4 comments

In amongst all the Windows Phone and IE9 goodness (and a distinct lack of Windows Live news), we had a chance at Mix10 this week to catch up with an old friend we’ve never actually met face-to-face, Vikram Dendi of Microsoft Translator.

First, as Vikram explains in this video, Microsoft Translator is the technology that powers Bing Translator, the Microsoft Translator widgets and APIs, the translation in Office and a number of other Microsoft technologies, but finds a home in Microsoft Research.

At Mix this year, Microsoft Translator introduced new a version 2 of its API and the web widget, :some new collaboration tools that will allow users to make suggestions or even changes to how a translation is presented on a site.  We talked a bit about Microsoft Translator with Vikram shortly after his Mix session

 

Vikram Dendi at Mix 10

(just a note we’re hosting the video again on Azure, but the tools on this laptop are a bit limited so we don’t quite have the full experience).

We’ll be updating our Translator experience as soon as we get back, and will have some api key codes if you want to use the new api tools on your site, just leave a note in the comments and we’ll see what we can do!

btw here’s the Mix session

Posted March 16th, 2010 at 10:43 pm
Category: News
Tags: Translator
  • JohnCz

    The manual Translator Widget really could use better customization options. If I were to include this on my sites I would want to get rid of the border, background color, heading, MS Translator logo (it should be good enough that it is displayed in the Translator Toolbar), “share this translation” icon and “get this widget” icon. They might want to consider combining the Messenger and Translator web based toolbars. Wibiya does a pretty good job at allowing users to customize web based toolbar though they lack Messenger or Bing support.

    • Devon

      Did you realize that there is NOT EVEN A WHITE widget out there? 90% of all web pages have a white background. This is unbelievable.

  • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

    I’ll see if I can catch someone today and pass along the feedback esp about the white background – but for more detailed customization you can always use the API set, it’s not that difficult and you can have pretty much complete control – I hope to have some posts up soon about our experience working with both the widgets and APIs

    • JohnCz

      Thanks Kip. In addition to white background..there should be a transparent background. After viewing the MIX session online, I was pretty impressed with collaborative features and its potential. I’ll have to try out the “notranslate” class.