Automatic message translation in Gmail

Well, it’s finally here: Automatic message translation in Gmail.

History
After having had automatic translation of instant messages in Google Talk since December of 2007, and automatic translation of news feeds in Google Reader since November of 2008, Google today introduced automatic translation of email messages in Gmail.

Multilingual Communication
This is the third in a trifecta of translated Google applications that enable communication on different levels: Instant (Google Talk), time-delayed (Gmail), and time-delayed, one-way (Google Reader).

How to
Per Google’s instructions, ”Simply enable “Message Translation” from the Labs tab under Settings, and when you receive an email in a language other than your own, Gmail will help you translate it into a language you can understand. In one click.”

Summary
This is an important announcement. Google was able to cut in half the time from the last time it integrated automatic translation into an application. We will be seeing automatic translation integration into other Google products. There you have it, we’re moving one step closer to the universal translator, one step at a time.

Outlook
What Google application will be next to integrate automatic translation technology? Share your thoughts in the comments area below!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s