The ability to read or use technology is often taken for granted by those who speak more mainstream languages such as English, Chinese or Spanish. With 6,000 languages across the world, many people don’t have access to technology products that use their native language. Microsoft helps more people worldwide benefit from technology, while preserving local languages and cultural identities, with its Local Language Program (LLP). Thus far, of the 96 languages supported by Windows 7 and Office 2010, 60 of the languages are available through LLP—reaching the languages of nearly 1.7 billion people. Today, new languages including Mongolian, Turkmen, Maltese, Valencian and Dari were added to the LLP offerings for Office 2010.

This is the first time in history that the newest version of Microsoft Office has been available to so many native language speakers. For more information on this news and the impact of the LLP program overall, visit the Worldwide Public Sector Virtual Press Kit or the Office blog post.