I occassionally use translators to translate from German, Spanish to English via google translator. Recently, I had my eye on BIng Translator. I had no hopes for Bing but to my surprise, it was awesome. It brought features that even google translator isn’t capable of:
1. Live Translation: Bing translator loads your page in the native language of the page then translates into the target language and the progress is show on the top left. I loved it, as it went thought the page line by line translating the content. Translations very accurate and looked appealing being live.
Idiotic Innovation: BUT… Why would a user want it to be live? Our purpose was to translate the page, not to watch an animation of translation. Isn’t it? A direct translation, on page load, would have served the purpose, just like Google does it.
2. Comparison of Original and translated Page: Bing translator gives you lots of layouts to choose from. The default one is compare the ORIGINAL content with TRANSLATED content. As you hover over the text in either of the window, you see the text highlighted on both sides which indicates what was converted to what. Looks like innovation. (check the screenshot below)
Idiotic innovation: But… Wait a minute. All you needed was translation not a comparison, did you? The first time i looked at it, it Reminded me of Code comparison that I do in ECLIPSE before checking it in. 😀 Why would I be interested in the comparsion of languages? I`ll not need that unless and until I’m testing Microsoft’s translation accuracy, or learning one of the languages.
3. Translation, as you Navigate: Bing lets you translate every page you browse through, you can browse a website like you do normally and all pages will be translated as you move.
Idiotic Innovation: Come on, there’s nothing bad here now. MS does innovate sometimes. This is a good feature, hats off! 🙂