Over the last few days i have spotted a number of links related to Microsoft and languages:
- Why Microsoft localizes software for Norwegian Nynorsk – nice video from the Microsoft Language Portal Blog.
“Norwegian is not just Norwegian. There’s two of them: Norwegian Bokmål (literally: "book language") is used in writing in 85-90% of Norway, but Norwegian Nynorsk ("New Norwegian") has equal status as a written language. “
- Microsoft Mines Web to Hone Language Tool – article from the Online Wall Street Journal about Microsoft’s efforts to create and enhance a Chinese-English dictionary and language practice service.
“Engkoo, at www.engkoo.com, is written in Chinese with two characters meaning "English" and "vault." It has a core of translation data that Microsoft draws from sources such as dictionaries, which it licenses from their publishers. That content is mixed with data that Microsoft gleans by such methods as sweeping the Web for sites with parallel Chinese and English versions.
Microsoft computers align the parallel websites—their paragraphs, sentences and individual words—then assign a quality ranking to the resulting translation and file it away.
When an Engkoo user types a word or sentence into the website’s input bar, in either Chinese or English, the site draws on statistics from its vault of data to translate it. It also displays sample sentences that use similar words and, in many cases, links to where it found them.”
- Windows 7 Language Packs – Stephen L Rose posts on the official Windows Team blog in the Springboard (ITPro section) about Microsoft language packs
“All together Windows supports close to 100 languages.. ”
and posts some useful links for ITPros
- The Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool comes out of Beta – I blogged about this back in December and the tool is out of Beta
“It gives us great pleasure to announce that the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool is out of beta and is now a full-fledged release. We thank all of you for the valuable feedback you have provided us to help improve the features, quality and performance of the product.
Please download the latest version of ILIT for your language: