Microsoft has been pushing the Windows Phone 8 platform. It has been steadily updating all apps making the user experience great for this operating system. Microsoft has recently rolled out Bing Translate for Windows Phone 8 devices, and it is now available for free in the app store.

As per the announcement on the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft states that he app makes it easy to quickly translate street signs, posters, train or bus schedules, and restaurant menus—just by pointing your phone’s camera at them. The app, which supports Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, also does some other neat tricks such as those you can see in the video demo below. Travellers can download languages and phrase books to their phones, to save roaming charges and to access the app offline.

Microsoft claims, “The new Windows Phone 8 version includes a new translator Lens, a handy shortcut for quickly making sure you’re jumping on the right Shanghai bus or ordering the vegetable dumplings. It’s never been so easy to be a polyglot.”

In a related post by the Bing Team, Vikram Dendi, director of Product Management, Microsoft/ Bing Translator states that by the free Bing Translator app for Windows Phone continues to be one of the most popular and best reviewed applications for the Windows Phone – surpassing a million downloads and garnering average ratings between 4 and 5 stars since release. Combining Augmented Reality Translation using your camera, speech and text translation, word-of-the-day live tiles, and a travel optimised offline mode, the app has received rave reviews. It has been highlighted as one of the most innovative translation apps on any platform.

The features of Bing Translate

The features of Bing Translate

He goes on to add that or the past few weeks the team has been heads down getting the app ready and tested for the new phones running Windows Phone 8, and we are pleased to announce that owners of the new Windows Phone devices are now able to download the app from the App Store.

In October, Microsoft had announced Windows Phone 8 and one of the highlighted features was the improved Start screen. Windows Phone 8 was designed to be the best companion with Windows 8, adds the company in its official statement. Windows and Windows Phone now share common underlying technology, which allows for shared tools, increased hardware support for multi-core processors, and a wide range of other platform capabilities. It also features a common look and feel with Windows 8, which makes shifting from phone to PC seamless and natural.

A new feature in Windows Phone 8 is Kid’s Corner, which offers a worry-free way for parents to share their smartphones when the kids start clamouring to play games on the phone. A simple swipe activates a protected place on the phone where kids can play on specific apps and features selected by a parent. Family and friends will also enjoy the new Rooms feature, which lets people create a private network to chat and share photos, notes, calendars, and other content with a closed group of people, rather than the entire social network.

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