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Google Adds Automatic Translation Powers To Gmail

The newest addition to GMail Labs is a neat little feature that will automatically translate messages from the one it was written in to one you can understand. Now you can respond to all that spam you get from Russia and China.
The newest addition to GMail Labs is a neat little feature that will automatically translate messages from the one it was written in to one you can understand. Now you can respond to all that spam you get from Russia and China.I don't know about you, but I get several emails a day that are in other languages. Most often, the offenders are sending messages written in Russian or Chinese. I surely hope it's all spam, because that's how it is marked and dealt with once it reaches my inbox.

GMail's newest feature will be able to better help me determine which messages are spam and which aren't by translating all emails to a language I understand.

Go into the Settings --> Labs and enable "Message Translation." Darren Lewis, Software Engineer at Google, writes, "If all parties are using Gmail, you can have entire conversations in multiple languages with each participant reading the messages in whatever language is most comfortable for them."

According to Google, 41 different languages are supported, which supports 98% of all Internet users around the world.

I gave it a test run this morning. I dug a Russian email out of my spam folder. Turns out I've inherited an oil field. Lucky me!