Asia Bizz: Software leader Microsoft, has recently announced the latest version of the Internet Explorer 9 in 11 Indian languages. The languages include, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Punjabi, Konkani and Malayalam.
The new feature of the Internet Explorer was introduced to promote the local language computing in the Indian market. The move was also initiated by Microsoft in order to reduce the gap between the information technology and the masses.
The Internet Explorer 9 can be downloaded from the company website in any language. However, the number of competitors in the market like the Google Chrome, Epic which is specially designed for the Indian users, continue to exist.
The work on the language feature of the IE has been going on since the year 1998, when Bill Gates had visited India for the first time. Earlier, in the year 2003, Microsoft India had launched Protect Bhasha, to promote the local language usage in the IT. The Projest Bhasha had also integrated many stake holders including academia, government as well as research institutions.
However, Microsoft has already been active in the Indian market with the tools such as Indic Language input tool, instant messenger in Indian languages and phonetic keyboard with language support.