Te reo M?ori choice for Windows 8, Office 2013, and the Internet

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Topics: Microsoft, NZ

Great to see Microsoft developing M?ori language support within their product. Taken from the GovTech blog:

For ten years Microsoft has been collaborating with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo M?ori (the M?ori Language Commission) and language experts to bring free te reo M?ori interfaces to the technology that millions of Kiwis use every day.

In preparation for M?ori Language Week 2013, Microsoft has announced today that the choice to use te reo M?ori in Windows 8, Office 2013, Outlook.com, and Internet Explorer 10 is available now.

New support for te reo M?ori in Microsoft products includes the following.

  • In Windows 8, te reo M?ori can be applied to the desktop and the modern touch-friendly interface, as well as the included apps for Mail, Calendar, People, Weather, Maps, Games, Music, Finance, News, Defender (the included free anti-virus software) and more.
  • The new Internet Explorer 10 web browser for Windows 7 and Windows 8 can also be used with te reo M?ori menus and options.
  • With Office 2013, te reo M?ori can be applied to Outlook 2013, Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, and OneNote 2013. The free online email service Outlook.com also has the option to be used in te reo M?ori.
  • Windows Phone 8 now offers te reo M?ori support for the Regional Settings (this will display things like the time and date in te reo M?ori).

All of these te reo M?ori options are available today at no extra cost, through a simple change in the Language Settings (Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10, Outlook.com, and Windows Phone 8), or with a free download (Office 2013 from http://aka.ms/Office2013inTeReo). Previous versions of Windows and Office are also supported.


To find out more about Microsoft’s commitment to languages please visit the Microsoft Local Language Program website at http://www.microsoft.com/LLP/. To find out more about Microsoft’s work on language technology please visit http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/mt/.

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