Twitter has incorporated a clever translation function through its Windows Phone 8 app. It's now possible to read a Tweet in a foreign language and have it instantly translated straight back into English.

Irritatingly, the Tweet isn't instantly translated, instead you need to click through to a translation of it, but it's still an incredibly useful feature. Most are speculating that the translation is powered by Microsoft's Bing Platform, which was announced yesterday at the Build conference.

This means it's entirely possible that the translation function could be brought over to other applications, including Android and iOS official Twitter apps.  The Bing Platform doesn't need to stop at Twitter either, as translation could be incorporated into plenty of other applications.

Alongside the Bing announcements at Build yesterday, Microsoft also detailed Windows 8.1, a significant update to its new operating system, which includes the much missed Start button.

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.

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