Last week, Microsoft announced that the company’s Translator API is now powering translation on Foursquare. With Microsoft’s Translator API, Foursquare is now able to provide translations for user-generated tips and reviews in 50 languages. Foursquare apparently has more than 75 million user-generated tips, and Microsoft Translator is now translating these tips in 50 languages. Foursquare’s David Ban stated:
“Providing authentic local advice is core to Foursquare’s mission, and Microsoft Translator helps us break down the language barrier so you won’t miss that unique experience at home or abroad”
In a blog post, Microsoft stated:
“Foursquare is used by 55 million people worldwide, who have left more than 75 million tips, but those tips were posted in the users’ native languages and, until now, could only be read if you also understand the language — a challenge that can be particularly daunting when travelling in a foreign country. By adding translation to their app using the Microsoft Translator API, Foursquare’s 75 million tips are now accessible, regardless of the language you speak. Through Foursquare’s partnership with Microsoft Translator, you can read tips in your native language to find where locals get the tastiest Croque Monsieur in Paris, or Milan’s best Gelato.”
Microsoft has a very powerful Translator API which powers translations in large websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The company’s Translator API is also powering translations on other big sites, including Amazon, Ebay, Dell, LinkedIn, PayPal, and more.