Did you know that it is estimated that every 14 days, a language disappears? I didn’t know this. It is unfortunate and sad to hear a language, something that is so important to a culture, can disappear so quickly. And when a language disappears, it can take with it centuries of history. Today, UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day 2010, and we are taking part. Through the Microsoft Local Language Program (LLP), we want to try and preserve local languages and promote cultural identity as well as helping technology reach more people around the world.

In honor of International Mother Language Day, we are announcing 59 new Language Interface Packs (LIPs) that will be available for Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 that will be available in the coming months. Language Interface Packs are different from the 35 Language Packs available today with Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate. Language Interface Packs are free-of-charge and only translates around 400,000 terms. They can also be used on any edition of Windows 7. We are also releasing an additional 4 Language Packs for Visual Studio as well!

For more information on Microsoft’s investment in preserving languages, click here.