Google wants to create greater international interest in a new experimental feature that enables Google Search Appliance (GSA) to translate documents between 34 languages. The feature instantly translates search queries for internal company documents, sent from a user's PC to the GSA in any of 34 languages, says Google's Cyrus Mistry. The GSA also contains a Cross-Language Search feature. "This is analogous to giving every employee in a business 34 translators sitting at their desk and translating everything they want to look for within a 10th of a second," Mistry says. "It would take a massive investment for companies to have translation servers on-site." He says the feature would enable an English-speaking worker to find and translate a document in French from an office in Paris easily and quickly. The PC sends the request to the GSA, which contains Google's machine translation software and renders the file in English in real time. The program also will help non-English-speaking employees translate documents from the U.S. into their native language. Mistry acknowledges that rival platforms offer enterprise search in multiple languages, but they generally do not have machine translation experts to create such features, while Google has the benefit of having experts to improve consumer search offerings.
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