REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 21, 2012 — In recognition of International Mother Language Day, Microsoft Corp. highlighted the company’s Local Language Program (LLP). This program enables the development of custom language translation. LLP enables 1.7 billion people worldwide to use technology in their own language, thus helping to preserve those local languages and cultural identities. Microsoft’s services and products focusing on the importance of language and culture through the LLP include the following: • Localized versions of Windows and Microsoft Office are available in 37 languages. • Nearly 100 languages are supported by Language Interface Packs through free downloads for Windows, Office and Visual Studio. • The Microsoft Terminology Collection provides uniformity of meaning to IT terms translated to the local language. • Microsoft Translator allows users to translate text and Web pages in 37 languages. • Microsoft Tellme, a speech recognition platform, works across multiple platforms simplifying everyday tasks. • The Microsoft Language Development Center works on many services, such as speech synthesis technology for under-resourced languages. In addition, through extensive research and development, it creates language opportunities for people worldwide with disabilities.