Malayalam language pack for Windows 7 is now available for download.
As part of the Microsoft Local Language Program, Windows Language Packs are being developed on most local languages, including a large number of Indian languages including Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Oriya, Nepali, Konkani, Telugu, etc.
Google has got the Language tools on its web page that let you translate to and from a number of languages. Microsoft has just come up with the same initiative in their Windows Live website. It’s called the Live Translator and it’s in beta – http://translator.live.com.
I was totally amazed when I stumbled upon the Microsoft Bhasha project. It is the Microsoft Indic Language project – and they have developed Windows interface packs in almost every Indian language – Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Punjabi, Konkani, Oriya, Sanskrit, and Nepali.
So I dared to download the Windows XP interface pack of my native language, Malayalam from the Microsoft website. Very interesting to note that even the download page was written in Malayalam. Too excited to read, I went ahead, downloaded and installed it.
This is what I got (click to enlarge):
It was extremely funny. I mean, I’m glad it’s localized to my own language but the words used were … er.. preposterous. An ‘ordinary’ Keralite like me will better understand the English version. 🙂