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Today the Bing Team announced that the Bing Translator app is now available for download in the Windows Store for Windows PCs and tablets. If you’re out traveling abroad and won’t have online access, you can download specific language packs onto your PC for offline use. Bing will continue to add more language packs over time. The Bing Translator app can also utilize your PC’s camera – just point the camera at printed text and watch the app automatically overlay the translation of the text.
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The Bing Translator app also takes advantage of key Windows 8 features such as the Search charm and Snap. You can highlight text within another Windows Store app and use the Share charm to share that text to the Bing Translator app that will then translate that text. And with Snap, its super easy to multi-task.
Read this blog post from Vikram Dendi, Director of Product Management for the Microsoft/Bing Translator, for more information on the Bing Translator app for Windows.
NOTE: The same technology in the Bing Translator app for Windows also powers our “Translate” widget on the right sidebar here on our blogs!
It never gets old translating text into Klingon!
Thanks for the wonderful update! I love the WP8 version and now loving it too.
One thing I would suggest to Bing team (and hope you would pass to a member of the team); please open the Bing vision API for developers on Windows phone and Windows 8! I have observed something on WP7.5 (which doesn't happen on 8), if you try to enter the Bing Vision search, it requires the Internet connection. But once you enter it, and turn off your AP (while 3g is also turned off), try the vision search and it works! Meaning to some extent, they have native and offline bits for OCR processing, but the recommended way is the cloud driven one.
Developers can really make use of Bing's out-of-the-box Vision API. Android and iOS have Tesseract project ported to their system. So they can do OCR processing in offline mode! When I tried to port tesseract to WinRT, I found that its not an easy job! Still I am able to port zlib (one of the chief component for tesseract) to WOA! Please pay attention to this subject. Office on ARM, WP and WinRT, all of them can make use of a consolidated offline OCR library and so does the third-party software/app vendors!
OAN, this blog has a small glitch. When we open http://blogs.windows.com on Firefox (for the first time / brand new installation), it loads old "favicon" in tab's header. It turned out, we have both new and old ico references in the markup! IE and Chrome give precedence to the first ico, while FF goes for he last one. Please remove the old reference.
Thanks for listening! 8-)
mihalis thalassis Ευχαριστούμε!
Απαραίτητο πολύ καλό και στα Windows 8