Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has incorporated an automatic online translation service into it’s highly popular Google Docs. Users will now have the option to translate text in any of 42 languages including English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese.
Google hopes that this new service will remove barriers and allow people of different languages to collaborate on shared documents. The feature is easy to use and is located in Google Documents under the tools menu. Simply highlight the text that you want translated, select “Translate Document” and choose the desired language. Users will have the option of either replacing the old text with the translated text or saving the translated text as a new document. One thing to note is the text format and layout will not change from the original version with the translation.
There has been a lot of competition as of late between Google and Microsoft and the new changes for Google Doc certainly bode well for company as it prepares to compete with Microsoft’s Office Web Apps which will be part of Microsoft Office 2010.