Google vs. Microsoft in Offering Translation Service

By Slava
Jul 16, 2009 · 3 min
Google and Microsoft are always breathing down each other's necks. They are the forerunners in the Internet community and they are both keen on doing better in offering every kind of service to their targets. Both Google and Microsoft want to be the best choice for Internet users all over the world. Even in offering online translation service, Google and Microsoft are up to the challenge of giving the other a run for its money.Google TranslateGoogle offers free online translation service through its Google Translate. Anyone who uses the translation service can get instant results on the words, paragraphs, and even documents that he/she seeks to localize. You can even use Google Translate to localize your website in the language that you like for as long as it is listed in their database. Google has made its translation service impressive by making it available to over 40 languages covering hundreds of countries all over the world. They also offer tool kits for download that are meant to help you out in creating content in a native language of your choice in an easy and no sweat manner. All those are available for free or for no charge at all.Bing TranslatorIn case of Microsoft, there's Bing Translator. It is an online translation service that aids in the translation of texts and webpage. Microsoft's version is less impressive because it has a limited coverage of languages and countries. To compete with Google's 40 plus languages in its listing, Microsoft has less than 20. Still, this is a free service so anyone who will use Bing Translator would not need to shed out any amount of money to enjoy the translation service.What Difference a Small Fee Can MakeAlthough Google and Microsoft are able to offer translation service free of charge, they cannot pass to be good choices for those who seek to be aided in professional translation. They could probably help in providing translation for a word or two but never for a full document. Human translation remains to be the better choice with its fast, convenient, and fool-proof kind of service. As opposed to machine translation, online translation service is guided by proofreading skills of its human translators so you can be sure that your document is closest to its original version. No meaning is also lost because human translation is definitely able to read through even the complexities and unique standards of each and every native language. That's a huge difference for a small fee.


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