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Microsoft now has an exclusive version of Windows 11 in the Quechua language

Peru’s Ministry of Culture collaborated with the technology company to add the native language to its operating system and Office suite. Photo: Microsoft/dpa

Language Quechuarecognized as official by the Peruvian state like many other oral expressions of the ancestral culture of Andean roots in the Latin American country, will have a special version of the Windows 11 operating system in which all commands, programs and tools will have names specifically translated to the variant known as quechua chanka.

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The collaboration between microsoft and the Ministry of Culture to promote the use of this system, resulted in the development of a quechua version of the package office 365 in the framework of the Decade of the Indigenous languages (2022-2032) promoted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (unesco).

This update of Windows 11the most recent version of the system developed by microsoftwill make it easier for more than 3 million people who speak this language in Peru can create economic opportunities, obtain technological skillspromote education and take advantage of citizen services, maintaining their local language and culture, without facing language barriers or sacrificing their cultural identity.

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The presentation event of this version of Windows 11 was attended by Giovanna Cortez, country manager of microsoft Peru and the Vice Minister of Interculturality, Rosilda Nunta Guimaraes from the Ministry of Culture, who indicated that this version of the microsoft was developed thanks to the work of the Interpretation and Translation Center in indigenous languages.

Microsoft and the Ministry of Culture joined forces to develop a Quechua version of the Office 365 and Windows 11 package. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Microsoft and the Ministry of Culture joined forces to develop a Quechua version of the Office 365 and Windows 11 package. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

This institution, which belongs to the Ministry of Culture, helps interpret languages ​​in emergency cases, made itself available to the technology to help her during the process of creating Windows 11 in Quechua chanka version.

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“We hope that these operating systems will be extended to other indigenous languages ​​to impact the more than 4 million speakers of indigenous languages ​​in the country,” said Deputy Minister Rocilda Nunta.

For her part, Giovanna Cortez, manager of microsoft Peru He indicated that the company wants to promote access to benefits and opportunities created by technology with this operating system adapted to the needs of the Quechua community.

“Millions of studentseducators, professionals Y Quechua speakers will be able to use the operating system and tools office 365 in their native language, helping to improve their opportunities in the emodern work environment and enhance their entrepreneurial skills, respecting linguistic and cultural distinctions,” said Cortez.

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Microsoft Office 365 was also translated into Chanka Quechua, a variant of the native language of Peru. (photo: Windows News)
Microsoft Office 365 was also translated into Chanka Quechua, a variant of the native language of Peru. (photo: Windows News)

Among the new features of Windows 11 to which users of the version of the operating system in Quechua will be able to access are:

Taskbar optimized for tabletsso Quechua-speaking users will be able to have this experience on mobile devices.

Focus and Do Not Disturb Sessions to help improve user productivity by eliminating distracting notifications that appear on the side of the screen

Clipchamp on Windows 11 (Microsoft)
Clipchamp on Windows 11 (Microsoft)

Windows Studio Effects, a new application that has been integrated into this new version of the operating system. With the support of an Artificial Intelligence (AI), it seeks to improve the quality of the image and sound of the computer.

– In the case of Windows users who are also content creators on some video platform, the program has been incorporated into the new version of the system. clipchampa video editor that contains a series of templates and effects that make working with videos easier.

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