Google Translate API: Shutting Down, is there an alternative?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 | Business | by

Being sick for a few days, I was late in hearing the news.

Google is shutting down the Google Translate API.  Right now it’s just deprecated, with a full shutdown not occurring until the end of the year, but still … it’s happening.

They say it’s because of abuse.  Abuse?  On the internet?  I don’t believe it.

Fortunately, there are still options for those of us who wish to use a service to translate text.  

  1. Google’s Translate element still works just fine (an on page dropdown that will translate page content)
  2. A nice writeup was done a year ago by Bashar Kokash leveraging Microsoft’s Bing Translator (there are AJAX, SOAP, HTTP, SDK, and other ways to consume this service).  Do you get the feeling Microsoft just tries to do whatever Google does?
  3. Following suit, you can use the Microsoft Translator web widget (a parallel to the Google Translate element).

I’m sad to hear Google Translate API is going down, but at least there are alternatives.

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