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Microsoft to release localised operating system in 4 more Indian languages

Microsoft plans to release the localised version of its operating system Windows and Office suite in four more Indian languages, including Tamil and Bengali, by April.

The company has already launched the localised version of its products in Hindi and Kannada, and plans to make them available in 14 Indian languages by the end of this year. “In the next six weeks or so, we will make it available in Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi,” Mr Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India, said. These versions have already been developed, tested and showcased to the some State Government and customers at various forums, he added. Besides the localised versions, Microsoft already provides support for Windows and Office in 12 Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Gujarati.

Microsoft’s localisation programme focuses on four areas- ensuring that each product works for various Indian languages; collaborating with the Central and State Governments; supporting, developing and enhancing local independent software vendor ecosystem; and working in a community to reach out to individuals, he said.