On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Microsoft has announced support for email addresses in 15 Indian languages across its apps and services including Office 365, Outlook 2016, Outlook.com, Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection. This initiative is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to support Email Address Internationalization (EAI) to make technology accessible in local languages.
The supported languages include Hindi, Bodo, Dogri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali, Sindhi, Bengali, Gujarati, Manipuri, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu. All of these languages support Unicode, an international encoding standard for use with different languages and scripts.
Starting from today, users can send and receive emails from outlook client on PC, outlook.com or through Outlook apps on Android and iOS. Setting up a local language mail and associated outlook account is pretty simple as well.
Users can register local language email address from third-party EAI address providers such as XgenPlus through a simple online process. Microsoft is working to support email addresses in any Unicode script including RTL languages such as Urdu and Arabic.
Just open Outlook, go to File menu and select Add account. Now, enter your local language email and click on ‘Advanced Options’. Select ‘Let me set up my account manually’ option and then click on ‘Connect’. Now choose what sort of account you wish to connect to Outlook and enter details about your mail service provider to complete the process.
“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.” Said Meetul Patel, COO, Microsoft India, commenting on the announcement.