Thursday, February 19, 2004

Microsoft to develop Malay language software

By Yap Lih Huey

Software giant Microsoft has teamed up with two local companies to develop a Bahasa Melayu interface for its products that will increase accessibility to its software among speakers of the language.
Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd managing director Butt Wai Choon said for the present, this initiative would only be applicable to its Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 .
He said the localised software would be tested over a three-week period, with commercialisation expected in second quarter this year.
“We have not yet finalised the pricing. Our current thinking is, we will not charge,” he said at a media conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, after a signing ceremony with Accredo Multimedia Sdn Bhd (Accredo) and The Name Technology Sdn Bhd (TNT).
Accredo would be responsible for the localisation of Microsoft Windows XP, while TNT would oversee the localisation of Microsoft Office 2003 and the spell-checker capability.
The software localisation effort by Microsoft started last September when it signed a language interface alliance with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

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