Now email addresses in Bengali, Bodo, Manipuri, Nepali, Hindi and ten other Indian languages will also be valid.  World’s largest software firm Microsoft has announced this on February 21 on the occasion of International Mother Language Day.

The software giant in its website https://news.microsoft.com uploaded a post in this regard.  The supported languages include Hindi, Bengali, Bodo, Manipuri, Nepali, Dogri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

“We believe that for India to become truly digital, we need to make technology accessible and productive for all, irrespective of the language they may speak, write or read. With more Indians accessing the internet for the first time, it is imperative to develop Indian language technologies. This closely aligns with the Indian government’s efforts to usher in a new era of digital empowerment through initiatives such as Digital India and BharatNet, and Microsoft’s mission to empower every individual and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” Microsoft said.

Local language email addresses can be used for accounts including Office 365, Outlook 2016 client, Outlook.com, Outlook apps for Android and iOS, as well as Exchange Online, and Exchange Online Protection.

According to Microsoft users can register local language email addresses in India from third party EAI address providers such as XgenPlus through a simple online process. These email addresses are linked with Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and can be registered in 15 local languages that support Unicode according to .IN Registry, which is the organization responsible for registering IDNs in India.

“Ensuring that language is not a barrier to the adoption of technology is key for digital inclusion and growth. Making email addresses available in 15 languages is an exciting step to making modern communications and collaboration tools more accessible and easier to use for all – something we have been relentlessly working towards. We’re making technology use the language of people, and not requiring people to first learn the traditional language of technology,” Meetul Patel, COO, Microsoft India said.

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