May 15, 2008
The Google Search Appliance is a pretty nifty gizmo when you know how to “pimp” your GSA with the One Box API. On May 15, 2008, the GOOG confirmed what I heard at the Where 2.0 conference yesterday afternoon: Google Translate now handles another 10 languages. You can read the Googlers’ official announcement here.
Why mention this on Beyond Search with its narrow editorial scope. Well, in addition to cross language searchers, you get to play with the AJAX language API. For the clever kids at Adhere Solutions, you can use some of this translation goodness to allow a language-challenged person to read a document written in another language by a colleague half way across the world.
These baby step announcements can be overlooked unless you keep your ears attuned to the sound of big Googzilla paws advancing toward the enterprise. What will Google tell me about this “interesting” expansion of Google Translate. I’m a persona non grata, so my queries fall on deaf but wealthy ears. I can hear those claws scraping across the pavement of Shoreline Drive.
Stephen Arnold, May 15, 2008