This is a very cool feature that I’ve started to use. It’s called Tbot and it will translate whatever you type into a Windows Live Messenger conversation. All you have to do is add the bot (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your messenger contacts and then start typing. Tbot will translate what you write almost instantly.
Description from Microsoft: “Tbot is an automated buddy that provides translations for Windows Live Messenger. It was first launched in 2008 as a prototype and has since become immensely popular. You can have one-on-one conversations with Tbot or invite friends who speak different languages with Tbot translating for you.
Simply add email@example.com to your Messenger contacts. Simply add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Messenger contacts. ”
Here are the Tbot commands:
1 TBot lang - Show the current language pair
2 TBot change - Select translation languages
3 TBot stop - Stop translations
4 TBot start - Start translations again
5 TBot set - Set your preferred language
6 TBot detect - Detects the language of the text
7 TBot ? - Show this list of commands
See also: http://translator.live.com