Microsoft releases Web translating widget

Developers can now tap Microsoft to translate their Web page in such a way that users don't have to leave the Web site.

LAS VEGAS--Microsoft's research unit on Wednesday released a tool that allows Web developers to let users translate their Web site into other languages without having to leave the page.

An example of the Microsoft Translator widget, which allows Web developers to offer users a way to translate a site into multiple languages without leaving the page. Microsoft

The company said a tech preview version of the Microsoft Translator widget is available for download, allowing developers to offer users a pull-down menu to translate a Web page in multiple languages.

The main benefit of the widget is it allows users to translate the page without having to leave a site, unlike other approaches which require a user to go to another Web site first.

Microsoft announced the translation widget at the Mix 09 event here.

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