Free Wikipedia Translation Tool

Updated: November 08, 2010

Today, Microsoft Research center in India and Wikipedia have created a joint project which would help users to create a multilingual content without putting too much of an effort into translation. It was launched on October 18th, 2010.

The new tool was called WikiBhasha where "bhasha" literately means "language" in Hindi and Sanskrit. It provides content generation in more than 30 languages. The initiators hope that this will stimulate utilization and translation of English content to support the development of non-English part of the website.

According to the head researcher, A Kumaran, the team tries to create an intuitive Wikipedia experience that would transfer the focus from originally translated documents to the final content creation. WikiBhasha was also noted as a great improvement in machine translation abilities. In fact this was one of the driving ideas of the project. "It takes about 4 million sentence pairs, matched between two languages, to develop a machine translator robust enough to create effective translations. In many languages, collecting that much data is a nearly insurmountable task."- Microsoft, Oct 18, 2010.

For a continuous development of the tool, Microsoft has enabled a memorizing function. In other words, every grammatical correction by users within the machine translation would be included into the program's operational data base. This would help the following users to avoid the same mistakes and inappropriate translations. In Kumaran's opinion the launch of such a tool will even support the industry of professional translation services. This kind of joined community participation is very likely to create many more translators and moreover motivate people's interest in rare languages.

Featured Research
  • The New 2017 Contact Center Comparison Guide

    We’ve put together a comparison guide that covers over 40 of the top call center software options, providing details on pricing, features, support, and integrations. If you want to save time and still make a great investment, this guide is a must read. more

  • Phone Systems Comparison Guide: VoIP for Small to Midsize Businesses

    It was a painstaking process, but to help B2B companies start 2017 off on the right foot, we recently compiled a comparative list of the top 43 small to midsize business phone vendors. more

  • 16 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Phone System

    Purchasing a phone system for your business is a major investment. With the average business changing phone systems only once every seven years, it’s important to make the right decision. more

  • 2017 Video Conferencing Trends

    New advancements are also making video more beneficial to a greater range of business areas including marketing, HR, and internal operations. Many solutions are economical, easy to use, and very effective at making communication more personal. more

  • [Infographic] Top 11 VoIP Vendors

    A good VoIP provider will offer additional benefits as well, but many first-time buyers find assessing each option to be difficult. Nevertheless, this is an important step in the buying process because a substandard provider can easily waste both your time and money. more