Free Translation Memory module now available for the Multilingual App Toolkit

Microsoft’s light-weight localization editor Multilingual App Toolkit (MAT) has just been updated with a free Translation Memory (TM) module, allowing developers and localizers to reuse translations more efficiently. MAT already provides free machine translation via Microsoft Translator, access to Microsoft’s official terminology and user interface translations, and now adds the LocShare Translation Memory module. LocShare can…


Microsoft Local Language Program celebrates International Mother Language Day

February 21 is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day 2013, which aims to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This is also an occasion for us to highlight the contributions of the Microsoft Local Language Program (LLP), which provides people access to technology in their native language.  The Microsoft LLP includes a number of special features,…


Cool translation tech: English-Chinese Voice Translator

Fascinating talk and demo of real-time translation from spoken English into spoken Chinese. This was part of a presentation at Microsoft Research Asia’s 21st Century Computing event in Tianjin, China. Read the full article on the Next at Microsoft blog. Skip to 7:30 for the actual English-Chinese speech demo. Still a lot of work to be…


Coming soon: Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition

The 4th edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style – essentially the English Style Guide for Microsoft products – has been released to manufacturing and will available in ebook versions (PDF, ePub, Mobi/Kindle) and hard copy in a few weeks. The new edition is a major update of the last edition from 2004. It is…


Microsoft Translator adds new features for collaborative translations

Microsoft Translator – Microsoft’s Machine Translation system – has released a number of new features. The new functionality announced yesterday expands the “Collaborative Translations Framework” (CTF) which allows any web master/owner to machine translate their site and then invite a community of users to improve (basically post-edit) the MT output to produce a fully translated…


WikiBhasha: Microsoft Research tool for translating Wikipedia pages

Microsoft Research has just launched a beta version of “WikiBhasha” – a new tool that helps users create multilingual content on Wikipedia. What’s interesting is that you don’t have to be a subject matter expert to contribute, and you don’t even have to be familiar with the Wikipedia format. WikiBhasha beta currently works from English…


New on Microsoft Translator: Indonesian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese

The team behind Microsoft’s Machine Translation engine Microsoft Translator has just added 3 new languages to the system: Indonesian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. That brings the number of languages supported to 35. Read the full story on the Microsoft Translator team blog.  


Calling Czech, Polish and Turkish users of SQL Server

If you are using SQL Server 2008 and speak Czech, Polish or Turkish, the SQL Server product development team is looking for your feedback. They are testing a system to display translated Help topics in SQL Server Books Online using a combination of Machine and Human Translation, displaying English and translated content side-by-side: The pages…


Microsoft Translator adds collaborative translation feature

Today, at the MIX 2010 conference, the Microsoft Research team behind Microsoft Translator announced the “Collaborative Translations Framework”, bringing collaboration features to machine translation.   It allows webmasters that need to provide their content in multiple languages to get every page machine translated on-the-fly, and now also enables these webmasters to invite a user community…


English-to-Russian MT added to Windows Live Translator

The Microsoft Research Machine Translation team has added English to Russian to the list of language pairs offered for Windows Live Translator, which can now be reached at or the new mirror Read more on the Microsoft Research MT blog at