Addis Ababa, 7 February 2010 (Somalilandpress) – US software giant Microsoft has launched Windows Vista in Amharic, the first operating system in the national language of Ethiopia, the official news agency said Saturday.

“Launching the Amharic version software is a major step forward for Amharic to be a language of technology,” Director of the Ethiopian ICT Development Agency, Debretsion Gebremichael was quoted as saying by the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).

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He said 40 scholars from the Addis Ababa University had taken part in the translation of the software and added that plans were being drafted for translation into some of the nation’s other languages.

“Ethiopia as a country of over 80 million people, has its own language and alphabet, and it is Microsoft?s desire to let this huge country use its Amharic service pack,” ENA quoted Microsoft’s Africa boss Cheick Modibo Diarra as saying.

Source: AFP


  1. Its good news for Ethiopia because they are not only 80 million but by 2015 they will hit above 100 million and also they have taken over from Kenya as the largest economy in East Africa.

    Ethiopia is powerhouse to be reckon with and Somaliland needs to tap into Ethiopia.

  2. Awal waan ogaa inaad guntahay midhaa waligeed aqoonsi heli meeysid intaad gaalo iyio xabashi aad u mooday inaad irsaaqada bashaan.

    • Ka bax meesha xunyow. Dad gob ah oo Asaxaabihii ku Abtirsada, ayaad aflagaadaynaysaa'e. Malaha wadnaha ayaa iskaa taagi marka lagu dhawaaqo. Wadnuhu iskaa taag!

  3. This is another domination by one tribe against the other major tribes like the Oromo's and the Somali's how comes microsoft choses Amharic languges over the others while Oromos by far the majority of Ethiopian? Why not oromoffa?