Google decided to shut down its Translate as part of aspring cleaning effort which will shut down over a dozen other APIs as well.
What does this mean? Well all of those ‘free’ programs that hitchhiked on Google Translate are going to be history. What about SDL Trados Studio, which also provides access to Google Translate via the Translate API? Will that service be shut down too? It sounds like it will.
But SDL offers two other MT options anyway Language Weaver and SDL), so it’s not such a big deal for them.
This is dramatic news.
Google has acknowledged that the cost of giving away free translations is too much. My guess is that they will eventually offer paid access to their translation services for high volume users.
Following the standard deprecation period – often, as long as three years – some of the deprecated APIs will be shut down. The rest have no scheduled date for shutdown, but won’t get any new features. The policy for each deprecated API is specified in its documentation.
These APIs are now deprecated but have no scheduled shutdown date: Code Search API, Diacritize API, Feedburner APIs, Finance API, Power Meter API, Sidewiki API, Wave API