Defying the competition, Mozilla brings offline translation to the Firefox browser, excluding text upload to cloud servers
Historically, the Firefox browser was one of the solutions you could rely on, no matter what.
Mozilla has added an official translation tool to Firefox that doesn’t rely on cloud processing to do its job, all processing is done automatically, using software on your own computer. For comparison, the competition between Google and Microsoft provides these services only through cloud servers, which means that the text selected for translation is first transmitted over the Internet connection, and finally received in translated form.
The translation tool, called Firefox Translations, can be like a simple extension for your web browser. After the initial download of the installation files, their further use is not limited by the presence of an Internet connection. Above all, the content of the text sent for translation is not divulged outside your own PC, the processing being done exclusively locally.
The bad news is that the list of supported languages currently includes Spanish, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, German, Icelandic, Italian, Persian, and two Norwegian dialects. But not the Romanian language, which will be added later. The fact is that the offline translation option is not automatically useful, as its availability largely depends on the software support provided in advance. Even if officially implemented, it remains to be seen if the offline translation function can be really useful, its need remaining to be demonstrated in real use.