Bing recently added a nifty new translation feature — one that is so simple and in many ways so obvious that I can’t help wondering why Google never got around to doing it. But that’s a topic for a later post.
For now, I’d like you to try entering the following text strings into both Bing and Google (to save you time I created pre-loaded hyperlinks):
- Translate I love you: Bing vs. Google
- Translate I love you into Chinese: Bing vs. Google
- How do you say I love you in Italian: Bing vs. Google
Below are screen shots of the first text string in both Bing and Google. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
Google, despite its massively powerful translation engine, doesn’t simply answer your translation question. Instead, it provides links.
I realize that this is a relatively minor feature and that it currently only supports a small number of very common text strings, but it’s still a very handy feature for a translation geek such as myself.
Now, I’m not saying Bing is perfect. When it comes to technical searches — or when I just need to look up a Wikipedia article quickly — Google still does better, sometimes far better.
But I’m glad to see Bing integrating translation in an intuitive way. It’s a feature that I’ll be using again.
PS: Here is the blog announcement of this feature from Microsoft Translate team.