Microsoft releases Windows 8 American Cherokee language pack

The Native American culture is one that has been mostly ignored by PC operating systems in terms of supporting their native languages. That is starting to change as a result of a collaboration between Microsoft and the Cherokee Nation that has results in the release of a new new Language Interface Pack for Windows 8.

The Microsoft Corporate Citizenship blog has announced that the Cherokee language pack in Windows 8 was released  as part of the Microsoft Local Language Program. The Register reports that Cherokee Nation volunteers translated 180,000 words in the past 18 months to be included in the Cherokee language pack.

There were some issues in putting in words in the language pack that are not normally a part of the Cherokee vocabulary. The blog states:

When terminology did not exist, the translation team had to rely on elders or ancient texts for reference in order to assist in creating a new word as required for the translation. In addition, a new modern sans-serif user interface font Gadugi - the Cherokee word for “working together” - was developed to allow the localization and maintain the Windows 8 design style.

In addition to the new Windows 8 support, the Cherokee language pack will also be made available for the upcoming launch of Microsoft Office 2013.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

T-Mobile HTC Windows Phone 8X now getting "Portico" update

Next Story

Microsoft shuts down Expression software brand

43 Comments

View more comments

nohone said,
Some things, such as Wndows, Microsoft, etc are names and are not translated.

"Settings", "lock" and "screen" are names too?

.Neo said,

"Settings", "lock" and "screen" are names too?


Part of the process presented challenges as there were many terms which did not exist in the Cherokee language. When terminology did not exist, the translation team had to rely on elders or ancient texts for reference in order to assist in creating a new word as required for the translation.

Glassed Silver said,
GS:mac

Why do you sign every single comment you make? I take it the GS is from your name but whats the :mac part?

SK[ said,]

Why do you sign every single comment you make? I take it the GS is from your name but whats the :mac part?


You must be new around here...
.Neo said,

Where are those new words then?

Who knows? they possibly couldn't come up with new words for some?

.Neo said,
Then I don't really understand what the point of your post was.

That they don't have equivalent words for everything...

That alphabet looks like bloody squiggles Good on Microsoft for doing it though, it's not always about where you can make the most money.

lexp said,
Not a long term investment, in 100 years most if these languages will disappear anyway.

As we all know all current software is being developed with the next century in mind

There's a renewed effort these days to save endangered languages, a number of those from lesser known aboriginal tribes in Canada and the US, as well as those peoples who don't integrate with modern civilization. Probably won't die off anytime soon but who knows decades later.

Shiranui said,
Am I the only one who was expecting the phone to now be able to send smoke signals?

yes, you are the only small minded individual on neowin. Grow up. This is plain rude.

Hahaiah said,
What they NEED is an Ebonics version...

Wit dat they be updatin' dem window language packs!! We needs a language pack too!!

Commenting is disabled on this article.