Recently at a company event at its corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California Google showed off a new cross-language information retrieval technology that will allow users to search content in any language by translating a query to English, performing the search and translating the results back to the original language.
"As far as you are concerned, you search in your language," said Udi Manber, Google's vice president of engineering. "There is a better chance that you get good results."
Another project was also presented at the event, which will enhance Google's current alternative query suggestions which are based on probable spelling mistakes; the new technology will interpret a user's search intentions instead of performing the query to the letter. Manber said that the technology will be launching "soon", however no specific dates were given.