Google search server gets translation option

The search giant's product for customers' in-house search now can translate search queries. It's an experimental option for now.

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Google has begun experimenting with a new cross-language ability for its Search Appliance, a server customers can use to power their in-house search service.

"Many of our enterprise search customers have dozens of offices all over the world with tens of millions documents indexed in a host of different languages," said Cyrus Mistry, Google's enterprise product manager, in a blog post Thursday. "Cross-Language Enterprise Search instantly translates your Google Search Appliance query from one language to one or more other languages using Google's best-in-class translation engine."

Existing customers can try the feature by downloading it through Google Enterprise Labs.

Google has been toiling away on computer translation technology, part of its mission to bring more information to more people.

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