Chrome Beta for Windows Can Easily Translate Webpages
Article by George Norman
On 03 Mar 2010
The focus this week has been on Opera Software who spurred by Microsoft’s choice screen put the development process of Opera 10.5 into top gear, sped through 5 release candidates, and rolled out a final and stable version of the web browser the other day. Mountain View-based search engine giant Google also focused on its browser – it launched Chrome Beta for Windows version 4.1.249.1021.

This latest Beta release comes with more content settings that let the user control whether various websites can load images, store cookies, run JavaScript, use plug-ins, show pop-ups, and so on. All these content settings can be accessed by clicking the wrench icon -> going to Options -> Under the Hood -> Privacy. But that’s not the interesting part – well, it is interesting, but only from a privacy point of view. From a functionality point of view the truly interesting part is that Chrome Beta for Windows version 4.1.249.1021 can perform automatic translations of webpages.

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“Whether you're catching up on your favorite Arabic gameshow, getting up to speed on the latest Korean mobile gadgetry, or researching the local perspective for a dream trip to Machu Picchu, we're all constantly reminded that the internet is an amazingly multilingual place. The Google Chrome team is excited to introduce a new beta feature to help our users navigate the multilingual web: instant machine translation of webpages, without the need for any browser extensions or plug-ins,” commented Wieland Holfelder, Engineering Director, Google Munich.

The feature works in a simple enough manner: when Chrome detects you’re on a page that uses a language different from the language of the user interface, a blue translation bar appears at the top. Confirm that Chrome correctly detected the language and click Translate. The translation is done via Google Translate; support for a total of 52 languages is provided. If you have any problems using this feature, check out this Help Center article.

If you would like to download Google Chrome Beta for Windows, click
this link.



Tags: Google, Chrome, Beta, Google Translate, Translation
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