15 August 2017

Microsoft goes Limburgs

Global software giant Microsoft is set to introduce a Limburg language model with a keyboard and spellcheck function, which will make the Limburgish language easier to use on digital media platforms. The keyboard has several letter variations. Microsoft also added a predictive tool to the program to help it remember combinations of words and to offer suggestions for the next word. Given the wide range of dialects and spellings, not all dialects are included. That said, the program can be adapted to the user's preferences to allow them to write in their own dialect. For two weeks, starting 18 August, users can test the trial version on Android devices and send their feedback to Microsoft SwiftKey. The final version is expected to be launched mid-September. This version will also be available for iOS (Apple) devices as part of the SwiftKey app, which can be downloaded in the App Store.