Microsoft adds New Zealand's Māori language to Windows 8

It's a language that is spoken by just 157,000 people, but now those folks can now interact with Windows 8 and other Microsoft software products in their native tongue. Recently, Microsoft added a new language pack for Māori, which is spoken primarily by the native people of New Zealand.

A Microsoft post states that the Māori language pack is now free to download and also supports Office 2013, and Internet Explorer 10 in both Windows 7 and 8. In addition, Windows Phone 8 now has support for the Māori language in its Regional Settings, allowing users to view things like the current date and time in that language.

The Wall Street Journal reports that this project has been in the works for the past 10 years; this means Microsoft currently supports a total of 108 languages for its products. Microsoft also plans to add Māori to its Bing Translator service at some point.

This is not the first time that Microsoft has gone out of its way to put in obscure languages inside its software products. In December, the company added a language pack for the Native American Cherokee language.

Source: Microsoft via Wall Street Journal | Image via Microsoft

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