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Facebook Enables Translation Service

October 7, 2011

Facebook has joined with Microsoft’s Bing to provide translation services on the popular social media platform. If a user wants to read someone’s page in a foreign country, a link will appear on the right side of the text with the translated text. Microsoft announced a new Microsoft Translator API last month.

Bing sure does seem to be making major strides as Microsoft’s search engine! Clearly trying to catch up to industry giant Google, the company this year alone has made several announcements including sharing search results with Yahoo! (not to mention the possibility of a Microsoft-Yahoo merger), and giving favorable visibility to pages that are liked on Facebook when signed in on Bing.

Google made their translation service a paid service only, while Bing is offering this service for free on Facebook. Users need to download the Translation app in order to use this service.

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