Bing Translator takes over Yahoo! Babel Fish

By LiveSide | In Bing | Posted May 30, 2012 10 comments

Yahoo! Babel FishThose of you who had been browsing the web in the early 2000s might’ve remembered Babel Fish, which at that time was one of the best online machine translation service. In 2003, Babel Fish was then taken over by AltaVista, one of the dominant search engines at the time. In July of the same year, AltaVista also became part of Yahoo! (who acquired Overture, the company that bought AltaVista earlier on the in year). In 2008, Yahoo! decided to rebrand Babel Fish under it’s own name, which had existed over at http://babelfish.yahoo.com since then.

Today, the official Microsoft Translator blog announced that Yahoo! Babel Fish users have been transitioned to Bing Translator, possibly as part of the Microsoft-Yahoo! search alliance.  Below is the announcement:

We are pleased to welcome Yahoo! Babel Fish users to the Bing Translator family. We have been working closely with our friends at Yahoo! to make this an easy transition, and Bing Translator is a natural upgrade to the experience with Yahoo! Babel Fish. We support all the languages you used with Babel Fish, and provide a superset of all the features.

You will notice a welcome banner indicating your transition to the Bing Translator site from a Yahoo site when you arrive at Bing Translator (as shown above).

For those who would like to see Yahoo! Babel Fish one last time, below is a screenshot courtesy of Wikipedia:

Babel Fish

Posted May 30th, 2012 at 11:21 pm
  • http://www.OfInterest2Me.blogspot.com/ Matt

    About time. 10 yrs ago Babel Fish may have been not bad but now a days it was near useless. Out of curiosity I checked it out a few months ago and it was horrible. Sure Bing Translate and Google Translator might return some gibberish now and then but it’s usually still possible to get the gist of what is being said. Babel Fish on the other hand was useless. It’s a shame to see another once promising Technology die thanks to lack of support from Yahoo. At least whatever users were still using Babel Fish have a good alternative. In my opinion Bing Translator is actually better than Google.

  • http://www.OfInteresttoMe.com/ Matt

    About time. 10 yrs ago Babel Fish may have been not bad but now a days it was near useless. Out of curiosity I checked it out a few months ago and it was horrible. Sure Bing Translate and Google Translator might return some gibberish now and then but it’s usually still possible to get the gist of what is being said. Babel Fish on the other hand was useless. It’s a shame to see another once promising Technology die thanks to lack of support from Yahoo. At least whatever users were still using Babel Fish have a good alternative. In my opinion Bing Translator is actually better than Google.

  • Gary

    It sucks. Microsoft and their greedy little hands screwed up my favorite translator. From now on I’m using Google Translate.

  • Gary

    It sucks. Microsoft and their greedy little hands screwed up my favorite translator. From now on I’m using Google Translate.

  • Ali

    yes it sucks but what can you expect from Microsoft . I used Babel to translate chinese websites . I tried Bing a number of times but it did not translate it ay all .. totally useless

  • Ali

    yes it sucks but what can you expect from Microsoft . I used Babel to translate chinese websites . I tried Bing a number of times but it did not translate it ay all .. totally useless

  • Groovy

    MS – took a functioning product and reduced it to a useless link. MS is not functional for a site translation tool.

  • Groovy

    MS – took a functioning product and reduced it to a useless link. MS is not functional for a site translation tool.

  • Mel Viso

    Yahoo Babel Fish replaced by Bing Translator …
    What this people are thinking? yahoo babelfish was the only remaining valuable service from yahoo for many people. The only yahoo service I use sometimes. I will never be a user for the aggresive-marketing ‘bingated’ service.

  • Mel Viso

    Yahoo Babel Fish replaced by Bing Translator …
    What this people are thinking? yahoo babelfish was the only remaining valuable service from yahoo for many people. The only yahoo service I use sometimes. I will never be a user for the aggresive-marketing ‘bingated’ service.