So most us have used Google Translate once or more and some of us have even incorporated this use into something we almost need in our everyday work. For the last group of the two new features with the service always makes quite a great impact on how work is performed.
Google Translate just got real time! For people which received an invite for Google Wave might have seen this feature already together with the translation-bot used there. The same functionality has now been moved into the regular translation-service as well.
The change from submitting a whole sentence to the service to what it is today when it use some nifty push-technology to translate more or less in segments instead (I guess it push queries on a timely basis AJAX-style) is perhaps not the greatest. But the change here is really more of an architectural change in how services evolve today. We move more and more from static services into dynamic real time solutions where as much as possible is to be executed when the user want it.
Now we all just wait to get this functionality to be incorporated into our social networks so that we finally got that Babelfish of which Douglas Adams once wrote about.