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Nothing takes the fun out of a foreign vacation faster than an afternoon spent deciphering street signs or pointing randomly at menus (mmm, mystery dinner!).
No more. Just in time for the summer travel season, a new version of Bing's Translator app for Windows Phone landed in Marketplace today. Download it.
Now you can point your phone camera at printed text—street sign, dinner menu, train schedule, newspaper headline—and the app will translate it. If I wanted to ask a stranger for directions to the Eiffel Tower, I could also just speak into the phone in English—and wait a moment for the French. Bing’s Search blog has the full story, plus a video tour of the app. Take a look.
sweet. the offline translation databases would have been handy in europe!
I think this is the coolest app I've ever had.
This is a HUGE improvement. My only complaint is that swapping between the To/From translation languages now takes several clicks. It used to be one-touch no-brainer functionality.
I love the improvements,I was just disappointed when I tried Arabic and it gave me an error
very cool! Thanks for sharing...
Good Stuff - and looks cool, but for MOST people, for day-to-day use, a good translator program isn't going to make or break the platform. There are many other holes in the app catalog that need to be filled ASAP before people decide that their 30 day trial period revealed too many shortcomings...
Truth be told, this should have been part of Bing Vision and not as a separate app.
Hey?? What ever happened to that WindowsPhone Blog app we were promised last year?? Accessing this blog by the browser is to slow........?????
Thanks for the post and thanks to the Windows Dev Team for the update.
LOL - sorry I couldn’t resist it had to test it out a bit, thanks again.
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I agree a Windows Phone Blog app would be crazy cool!
Anything in the works?
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This just shows that many people did not even know that Windows Phone can already do thie pic > translate with built in Bing vision
Michael previously said at the beginning of this year there's for sure an app in the works for this blog.
We need an ETA for the windowsphone blog app
Just a thought, I would love to see QR codes on posts like this so that I can just point my phone at the screen and get the Apps you guys talk about.
This one would be especially helpful.
@JakkReborn - not a perfect solution, but WPCentral gives the QR codes, and posted about this app... In fact, they usually post about everything that happens on here! Here's the link to the Translator write-up, with QR Code:
@Rodney, Kenny, T-Windows: I'll check on its status. There are a couple unofficial ones in Marketplace, and of course there are always feed readers.
How many people would find a dedicated Windows Phone Blog app handy? The Office blogs have a really slick-looking official one. Have you seen it? Something like that, maybe?
Wow! if you can add Japanese and Traditional Chinese for HK I think I will buy a Windows phone based on the offline translate feature alone!
Thanks for the blog options - the Office Blog was the coolest in the bunch, but I think a Blog app for the Windows Blog will be a better choice with Metro style to boot.
And YES! We do find a need for a dedicated Windows Phone Blog app handy - Thanks again Michael
@ Rodney thanks for the reminder...
Now this is cool! You need to check this app out!
Great app. The Nokia 900 in blue must be selling like crazy in the U.S. My cousin ordered one last Tuesday because the ATT website says they are in stock but as of Friday it had not shipped yet. My local ATT store says its selling better than the 4S. Now the white is here. A windows phone app would be great in a different color.
I see WindowsMarketplace has OptionsExpress!! I've wanted to make the switch for years. Thank you Microsoft! ! Great on the 4.3 screen.