Internet giant Google added automatic translation to Google Docs on Thursday allowing users to translate documents into 42 languages.
The "Tools" menu on Google Docs now includes a "Translate Document" feature which provides a list of the various languages offered, which run from Albanian to Icelandic to Vietnamese.
A translation is done "in a matter of seconds," Google said in a blog post, and formatting and layout is preserved whatever the language of the document.
"Translations aren't perfect, but we are continuously working on improving translation quality over time," Google said.
Google Docs provides word processing, spreadsheet and other programs hosted on the Internet.
The Mountain View, California-based company has already built automatic translation features into its popular email program Gmail and into services such as its blog reader.
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