Linux developer Red Hat says it will add five new languages to its next generation of enterprise software – all Indian languages. Equally important, Red Hat plans to offer customer phone support in those languages.
Although the company didn’t say which languages it plans to support (India has 15 national languages), this is a positive sign. It brings the total language count that Red Hat supports to 15.
According to ComputerWeekly, India “sees a great opportunity in India for Linux desktop deployments in education, e-governance, and small and medium-sized enterprise.”
Microsoft, to my knowledge, does not offer enterprise software in any Indian languages. Like I’ve written in the past, should Microsoft fall from its mighty perch, lack of localized software will be one of the reasons why.