Windows 11 features a new Aotearoa keyboard for Māori natives. The keyboard is designed to help accommodate the unique way that Māori language uses vowels and consonants in its writing system.
Windows 11 features a new Aotearoa keyboard for Māori natives. The native new zealander is the first keyboard of its kind, and it will be available in English, Te Reo Māori, and Latin.
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Microsoft is adopting the Reo Mori and the name Aotearoa in the next edition of the Windows operating system, much to the joy of users.
This new feature, which was conceived by Redmond authorities, increases macron availability for vowels by default.
The macron will be smoothly appended to the letter by pressing and holding the tilde key (placed in the upper left corner of the keyboard) before inputting a vowel.
Isn’t it amazing?
For the new OS, there are new keyboard choices.
It’s worth noting that the ability to use the tilde key for macrons existed before to Windows 11, but it was, if memory serves us right, rather cumbersome.
Users have to either switch between the Mori and New Zealand English keyboards or copy and paste a vowel from another text on the internet.
We can all see how that might get very old, very quickly, necessitating this sort of adjustment.
Microsoft kaimahi Dan Walker (Ngti Ruanui, Ngti Maniapoto, Thourangi, Ngti Kahungunu) and linguistics expert Ellie Greenly created the new keyboard as a labor of love, according to the Redmond tech giant.
Both have worked hard behind the scenes to enhance Aotearoa’s tech sector’s diversity and to make Reo Mori interfaces available to the technology Kiwis use every day.
Microsoft New Zealand’s Vanessa Sorenson said the keyboard is part of the company’s wider emphasis on te ao Mori.
It is the most recent milestone in the work we’ve been doing with cultural and linguistic advisors to assist te Reo Mori over the last 15 years.
It’s all about encouraging Kiwis to study and communicate in the language on a daily basis. Millions of Windows users in Aotearoa and across the globe will be able to write in te reo Mori more easily with the Aotearoa keyboard, eliminating the obstacles that individuals now encounter when expressing themselves in our indigenous language. That is enormous.
In 2019, Microsoft collaborated with indigenous software firm Piki Studios to develop Ng Motu, a Te Ao Mori learning environment in the sandbox video game Minecraft.
According to Redmond sources, learning institutions throughout the motu utilize the game, which includes P, Waka Hourua, and even Moa and Kiwi.
So, as you wait for the new operating system to arrive in your house, there are even more reasons to get thrilled about it.
Remember that the free OS’s massive deployment began yesterday and will continue for the rest of the year, until mid-2022.
So far, how do you like Windows 11? In the comments area below, please share your views and experiences.
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