Microsoft embraces Nynorsk language

Thanks colinstevens for this one in BPN on our forums. The software giant Microsoft has agreed to translate their popular Office software into a language very few people know exists.

Nynorsk has less than 400,000 everyday users It is called New Norwegian, or Nynorsk, and it is Norway's second official language. But the new language version did not come about without a fight. The world's most used office software is already available in more than 30 languages.

But with less than 400,000 everyday users, the Microsoft company did not initially respond to calls for making their Office software available in New Norwegian. After all around six million Catalan speakers in Spain and France are still fighting for their own version of the software. In both instances, Microsoft pointed to the large cost of translating computer programs.

But the Norwegians had an ace up their sleeve.

News source: BBC News for full story

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