Introduces First Instant Translation
Tool for Online Chat Rooms
Company Breaks Down Internet's Language Barriers by Expanding Line of Multilingual Communications Tools Powered by SYSTRAN's Translation Technology
TYSONS CORNER, Va.-June 19, 2000- Multicity.comô, the only open, global network offering multilingual communications tools and interactive distribution channels for Web-enabled products and services, today announced that it is incorporating instant translation technology from SYSTRAN within its free and easy-to-use chat room tool. This groundbreaking technology can be used to learn new languages as well as to help businesses market, sell and service their products to an international, non-English speaking audience.
Multicity's new instant translation capability will enable users to instantly translate text into six languages, covering a significant portion of the Western languages spoken around the world. This new instant translation functionality immediately translates chat room text conversations into English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, with Japanese and Korean soon to be added. This technology enables users to view messages in their native languages and communicate multilingually.
Both recreational and professional Webmasters can use the instant translation tool without downloading or installing any software. Chat room participants can select the language of their choice, post a message in their native tongue and instantly view the same message translated into a different language. Multiple users speaking different languages can communicate simultaneously. It also is expected to have widespread business applications. For example, companies can use Multicity's chat room instant translation product to conduct an online multilingual focus group or a customer service session-either one-on-one or with a group.
"With more than 70 countries already using our products everyday, Multicity.com is enabling the world to be a part of the World Wide Web," said Alain Hanash, CEO, co-founder and Multicity.com Mayor. "At any time, you can access our network and find thousands of people chatting from dozens of different countries in a variety of languages." Hanash added, "By the year 2003, 60 percent of Internet users are expected to be non-English speaking. Multicity's cutting edge, multilingual Web-enabled products will empower these people to communicate."
"This should prove very useful to multinational activities
of all kinds. A major hurdle to using the World Wide Web worldwide
has been eliminated for a popular and low-cost Internet-based
form of communication," said Dana Gardner, research director
for messaging and directory services at Aberdeen Group in
Boston. "Online data-based communications have surmounted
the proverbial Tower of Babel with this near-instant translation
service for online chat. It's only a matter of time before
this capability spreads to more kinds of Internet communications."
"Partnering with SYSTRAN reflects our commitment to provide the very best communications tools for our global network users," commented Hanash.
"We are proud that Multicity is the first company to use SYSTRAN's instant translation technology for real-time textual conversations," said Laurent Pontegnier, vice president of Business Development for SYSTRAN Software, Inc. "Our collaborative relationship with Multicity will bring an unprecedented level of multilingual capabilities to Internet-based communication."