Forgotten Languages

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet on February 26, 2010

Did you know that half of the languages spoken around the world today are expected to die out by the end of the 21st century? That’s a sad fact reported in The Independent this week.

Fortunately for all of us, Microsoft, through its Local Language Program (LLP), is using technology to protect the rare languages of the world, keeping alive cultural traditions plus centuries of history and knowledge that may never before have been documented. Through localization of language solutions like Microsoft Language Interface Packs (LIPs) into dozens of rare and sometimes dying languages, the most commonly used features within specific Microsoft products and operating systems become accessible, free of charge.

LLP already offers 67 different languages and Microsoft just added 59 new languages to LLP, which will become available in the upcoming months. Some examples include Inuktitut, Oriya, Tatar, Konkani, and Quechua.

Do you think these languages need to be brought into the 21st century? Does it matter to you?

Learn more about Mircrosoft’s efforts.

Topics: Localization, Language