Machine translation is fast becoming the wave of the future for the translation field thanks to innovations like the Google Transliteration IME. Granted, human translation will probably remain as the dominant translation system thanks to the limitations of our present translation technology and the inimitable capabilities of the human mind, but the sheer handiness of this type of software is still something of note. Even though machine translation still couldn't beat the accuracy of the bilingual-to-multilingual staff of professional translation firms or the per-word economy of translation service freelancers, the Google Transliteration IME remains a very important landmark in the translation field because of its unique and accessible functions. More to the point, this software is capable of converting foreign words typed using a Roman keyboard (i.e., type the word the way it sounds using Latin characters) into the original, native script. Software Review The Google Transliteration IME is no ordinary machine translation program that's many levels less effective than a human translation. To be more precise, this beneficial application instantly offers users something that even the best professional translation agencies or freelance translation service experts couldn't, and it's a practically free-of-charge service to boot. What's not to like about this handy program that offers immediate transliteration of Romanized terms? It's easy to use, versatile, and it offers something that's never been offered before in other machine translation software. On the other hand, "machine translation" is a bit of a misnomer for this software's capabilities, because its features aren't the same as translation. Instead, it approximates the sound of the words typed into its prompt and then converts the syllables from one alphabet to another. It only converts the Romanized terms in another script without regard to their meaning. Its output is always in Unicode so that it can be seen on any platform or system. Additionally, the Google Transliteration IME enables the user to type over fourteen languages (and growing) using a regular, Latin alphabet keyboard on any program and with or without an online connection. Features and Benefits The Google Transliteration IME is freeware designed to accommodate multilingual communication through the transliteration of sound-alike and Romanized words into other scripts. The specialized transliteration tool was precision engineered in India at the Google conglomerate's Bengaluru R&D Center in order to offer quick and easy conversion of Romanized foreign words into their native script equivalents. The program provides all-inclusive features and benefits such as customization options, quick search, word completion, easy-to-use keyboard services, personalized choices, and offline support. It's also compatible with all the latest Windows operating systems (from Windows XP to Windows 7). What's more, it currently supports the following languages: Urdu, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Gujarati, Greek, Farsi (Persian), Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, Nepali, Marathi, Malayalam, and Arabic.