Google has long touted its machine translation services as a boon to businesses, but how well do they measure up? To find out, PCWorld writer Tom Bradley recently put the translation feature in Google Docs to the test, translating content to and from English and other languages.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the translations provided by Google Translate left something to be desired. For example, Mr. Bradley used Google Docs to translate some text into French and sent it to a French speaking acquaintance. The acquaintance responded, “Some sentences were perfect, but some were almost impossible to understand. I’d give the translation 7 on a scale from 1 to 10. I would not use such a service in a professional setting, although it gives a good general idea of the text.” Read more