In recognition of International Mother Language Day, Microsoft highlighted its Local Language Program (LLP), which enables the development of custom language translation.
According to the company, LLP enables 1.7 billion people worldwide to access technology in their own language, while striving to preserve those local languages and cultural identities.
“Providing technology in a native language is critical to helping people access the tools they need to create better economic opportunities,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft. “Language preservation and support also help preserve cultural identities for the next generation of learners.”
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Microsoft’s services and products focusing on the importance of language and culture through the LLP include the following:
- Localized versions of Windows and Microsoft Office are available in 37 languages.
- Nearly 100 languages are supported by Language Interface Packs through free downloads for Windows, Office and Visual Studio.
- The Microsoft Terminology Collection provides uniformity of meaning to IT terms translated to the local language.
- Microsoft Translator allows users to translate text and Web pages in 37 languages.
- Microsoft Tellme, a speech recognition platform, works across multiple platforms simplifying everyday tasks.
- The Microsoft Language Development Center works on many services, such as speech synthesis technology for under-resourced languages. In addition, through research and development, it creates language opportunities for people worldwide with disabilities.
Microsoft made this announcement today, Feb. 21.
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