Microsoft Local Language Program

TitleMicrosoft Local Language Program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCronin, L
JournalLocalisation Focus - The International Journal of Localisation
KeywordsLanguage Interface Pack, LIP, LLP, Local Language Program, localisation, Microsoft

Microsoft is bridging the 'language divide' for speakers of minority and regional languages. Thanks to the Local Language Program (LLP), people who once were alienated by the standardisation of ICT around a handful of languages can now experience Windows and Office in their preferred language. To date, there are over 45 Language Interface Packs (LIPs) for Windows XP and 34 LIPs for Office. Examples include a version in Basque – considered to be the oldest European language spoken today – and, most recently Pashto, Luxemburgish, Nepali and Kiswahili. This initiative is a long term commitment from Microsoft and it does not end with the release of a product. The next wave of our flagship products (Windows Vista and Office 2007) will have additional language coverage with particular focus on Africa.

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