Microsoft has sealed an agreement with translation technology firm SDL International to beef up the multilingual functionality of its software.
The Redmond giant said that the three-year multimillion dollar deal is designed to offer applications which are not "constrained by language or by Microsoft product".
Lori Brownell, general manager of the Global Platforms, Technologies and Services Group at Microsoft, said that following SDL's performance as a preferred supplier it had been decided to upgrade its status and make the company one of Microsoft's premier suppliers of translation technology.
"With SDL's extensive language translation network and its investment in technology we are confident that it can provide the quality, performance and scalability of service that we require," she said.
Cristina Lancaster, chief operating officer at SDL, added: "This three-year commitment from Microsoft, one of the most experienced localisation outsourcing companies, is a tremendous endorsement for our long-term strategy."
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