Pretty powerful statement that.
“It is estimated that every 14 days a language dies”
Which is why I am really proud of what Microsoft is doing with our Local language program (LLP). Read the full press release below.
More Than 1 Billion Speakers of Endangered Languages Get Access to Technology: Microsoft Local Language Program announces new initiatives to provide technology access, helping to grow local economies.
Some other quotes I love from this press release.
“Beyond providing fully localized versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office in nearly 40 languages, Microsoft currently supports 95 languages through the LLP. More than 1 billion people speak the languages that are supported by this program”
“…Fifty-nine new Language Interface Packs (LIPs) for both Windows 7 and Office 2010 “
“ In essence, Microsoft’s Local Language Program helps emerging markets build a stronger work force and ultimately better prepares employees to help grow local economies. “
““Two dozen language hot spots, which contain the greatest diversity and most endangered languages, have now been identified globally. Microsoft’s Local Language Program — which provides an interface for nearly 100 emerging languages, including Maori, Welsh and Inuktitut — seeds future innovation,” said Professor K. David Harrison”
I try and keep an updated set of links for when we release new Language Interface Packs (LIPs) and you can access them at http://blogs.msdn.com/robmar/archive/tags/Language+Interface+packs/default.aspx