At MIX09, Microsoft Research unveiled a new translation widget for web sites. The widget lets you offer your website in multiple languages, without having to set up separate pages for each different language. And unlike other solutions out there (like Microsoft’s own translator add-in for example), using the widget does not take visitors away from your site. Translations are done in place, on the fly, and - believe it or not - instantly. All that’s needed to put the widget into use is a small bit of code which you paste into your page. You don’t need to be web developer to know how to do this, either. The widget itself can also be customized to fit in with your site’s color and design, too.
Attendees to MIX09 got a special invitation to try out the the widget, but Microsoft Research is also accepting registrations for others who are interested as well: just click here. They will be sending out more invites as they become available.
At the moment, the team is working on making the widget even more polished and customizable. They’re also adding new features like “Automatic” translations on page load, multiple layouts/views (bringing in the well received views feature of the bi-lingual viewer) and some other “surprises.”
The widget will be made available to both individuals and commercial organizations for free.
Currently the following language are supported:
· Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)
And more will be added in the future.