Windows Phone 8 Twitter app gets translation function

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.