Google integrates automatic message translation with Gmail

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 02 May 2012
Google integrates automatic message translation with Gmail

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Gmail users can now easily communicate with others who speak a different language, as Google announces roll-out of an automatic translation feature for all Gmail users.

Now, Gmail will translate the message in other languages other than your own. Users will need to click on Translate button in the header to see the translated version of the message. Google has also made it possible to reply to e-mails in the sender's native language. It's notable that the feature has been available in Gmail Labs since 2009. Jeff Chin, product manager for Google Translate, revealed automatic message translation is one of the most popular labs features.

"We heard immediately from Google Apps for Business users that this was a killer feature for working with local teams across the world," Chin wrote in a blog post. "Some people just wanted to easily read newsletters from abroad. Another person wrote in telling us how he set up his mom's Gmail to translate everything into her native language, thus saving countless explanatory phone calls (he thanked us profusely)."

Just in case if you do not want the translate feature, all you need to do is click the turn off button. To make the translate feature permanent, users will need to click always translate button.

Moreover, Google has rolled out two new Gmail labs features - title tweaks and smart mute. Title tweak enables users to make changes in the text in the browser tab. For example, the display will appear "Inbox (20)," instead of "Gmail - Inbox (20)."

Smart Mute keeps email threads stay out of your inbox. You can learn more about muting email threads in the help center.

In addition to graduating these three labs, Google will also be removing less popular labs over the next few days: Old Snakey, Mail Goggles, Mouse Gestures, Hide Unread Counts, Move Icon Column, Inbox Preview, Custom Date Formats and SMS in Chat gadget.

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