MS Office 2003 goes Farsi

Microsoft has announced the availability of a Farsi Language Interface Pack (LIP) that enables the Farsi language for its office suite. The LIP can be installed on top of the English language version of Office 2003, to Farsi-enable Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint applications.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  July 28, 2004

Microsoft today announced the availability of a Farsi Language Interface Pack (LIP) that enables the Farsi language for its most popular productivity applications. The LIP can be installed on top of the English language version of Office 2003, to Farsi-enable Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint applications. The Farsi LIP has been developed as part of Microsoft’s Local Language Programme (LLP), to target regional language users. The program works with independent software vendors (ISV), developers, local governments and interest groups to create LIPs and customised software with local terminology. “We are very pleased to be able to offer Farsi capabilities for our products to Farsi speakers around the globe,” says Assem Hijazi, localisation program manager, Microsoft. “Through the local language program, we hope to provide opportunities to people of all regions, locales and languages, and enable them to realise that potential, through removing language barriers to accessing technology.” For the Farsi LIP, development work was handled at Microsoft’s facilities in Dublin and the US, while a team in Dubai worked on the linguistic elements, including a 25,000 word Farsi dictionary. The local academic community was also involved in the project. Two students from the University of Sharjah and one from the American University Dubai worked with the team in Dubai on the testing and creation of the Farsi dictionary. Office 2003 Editions are currently available in more than 35 localised versions. In addition, each localised version includes proofing tools such as fonts, editing tools for more than 50 languages including Arabic. With LIPs, users can install one specific language version as a layer on top of an existing installation of Office Standard Edition 2003 applications. The Farsi LIP is available now as a free download from www.microsoft.com/middleeast/arabicdev.

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