Gmail users can now automatically translate messages they receive into 41 languages, Google has announced.
The new feature is available to individual Gmail users, as well as those who use it as part of the Apps collaboration and communication suite.
The move is inteneded to simplify communications among people who speak different languages by letting them compose messages in their native tongue.
Google acknowledges that its machine translation technology isn't perfect, but maintains that, even if mistakes creep into the text, recipients should be able, at the least, to get the gist of a message.
Recipients can also switch between the original and translated versions of a message.