Microsoft Translator Update Released Now with 'Customize Translations, Enhanced UX and API Enhancements'

Microsoft Translator today received some new features, and a slew of improvements based on users feedback:"The collaborative translations feature that we released as a technology preview last year is now complete, and adds a user and role management system that enables site owners to collaborate with their visitors, trusted translators and moderators to tailor the […]

Microsoft Translator today received some new features, and a slew of improvements based on users feedback:

"The collaborative translations feature that we released as a technology preview last year is now complete, and adds a user and role management system that enables site owners to collaborate with their visitors, trusted translators and moderators to tailor the translations to their content," Vikram Dendi stated.

Now that you can invite experts, your friends or your users to help tailor the translations for your site, how do you manage all these edits that are flowing in? How to make sure you can weed out edits that might not really be relevant for your content? What about languages that you don't know?

"Delivered in this release is also a dashboard to moderate and approve translation edits in bulk. The site owner and the invited users can utilize the dashboard to approve, moderate or hide alternative translations in bulk."

"In addition to using the bulk editing feature, you can also simply browser the pages and see which translations have pending suggestions. The widget will highlight for you what you need to look at and approve or reject. A blue highlight is for the translation suggestions, a red highlight is for the pending rejections," Dendi added.

"Also, refreshed and streamlined the user experience of showing/editing alternative translations. This should make it easier for users to immediately get some information about how the community is using the alternatives, select their favorite alternative or provide a new alternative."

Developers that are leveraging the Microsoft Translator API will also get to experience improvements compared to the older version of the application programming interface. Dendi enumerated the most important:

  • Full access to the edits from your community: We promised to give you access to the alternative translations that have been generated as you worked with your community to tailor the translations to your site or scenario. We're pleased to add this functionality to Microsoft Translator API.
  • More flexibility around API traffic limits: We are removing the fixed limit on the number of requests per minute that you could push to the service.

[Source: Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator) Official Team Blog]