Microsoft has launched its Bing Translator app for Windows 8, offering easy translations in over 40 languages.
The Bing Translator app for Windows 8 can be downloaded for free now from the Windows Store and offers easy translation just by using the camera on the device.
Created by Bing and Microsoft Research, the Bing Translator app can translate content in over 40 languages by simply inputting the text into the system. Those translations can also be spoken aloud using the Bing Translator with the accent of the native speaker of that language.
Windows 8 users can also point their device’s camera at foreign text, including that on signs, bus or train schedules and even menus, to immediately translate that copy. The translation is overlaid on the pictured text using augmented reality technology.
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Also, once installed onto the Windows 8 device, users can select text within any other application to translate. With the text highlighted, a quick swipe from the right of the screen will bring up the Share Charm, within which is the Bing Translator option that will translate that text.
With the Windows 8 Snap View functionality, Bing Translator can run simultaneously alongside any other app or window to be there when needed.
A useful app when travelling, the Bing Translator app doesn’t require an Internet connection to translate the text, meaning no data roaming charges for using the app.
All users will need to do is download the required free language packs before leaving for their holiday location to be prepared for any translation needs.
The Bing Translator app can be downloaded from the Windows Store now for free.