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Old 24th April 2010, 06:14 PM
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Microsoft, Google eye Arabic web growth potential

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The further integration of Arabic language capabilities in internet and other technological architecture will grant millions access to the digital world, Microsoft and Google executives said.
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"(Microsoft CEO) Steve Ballmer and I a few years ago talked and believed Arabic would be an increasingly important language," said Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer. "And yet, because of the way the internet was evolving, it wasn't a language that was getting a lot of use."
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"One of our biggest missions is to enable Arabic users to find the right tools to enrich Arabic content," Ghonim said. "It would be great to see more e-commerce in the region, more publishers, more news sites. We are committed to help them."


Asked how Google could aid such regional growth, Ghonim said: "We have a very ambitious plan in the next few months, we are working on many initiatives." He did not elaborate.
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Egypt and Saudi Arabia registered the first domain names written in the right-to-left Arabic script late last year, after global internet regulator ICANN voted to allow non-Latin script to be used in web addresses in November.

"The next few million Egyptian internet users will be people who don't really speak English," Ghonim said.


Such users will likely not foray deeply into the internet's marketplace initially, but will no longer be hindering from creating part of the fabric of the web by language constraints.


"Think of the guy running a very small one-stop shop in (Nile delta industrial city) Mahalla," Ghonim said. "You should facilitate for him a complete experience in Arabic, from the way he registers his domain to finding a hosting company to communicating to his customers."
More Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63N0V120100424

Sounds like Microsoft and Google are more excited about IDN than domainers. Did I enter some sort of domain name/Internet paradox?

I have yet to read a single blog post from any domaining site about the approval of .IDN.
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More Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63N0V120100424

Sounds like Microsoft and Google are more excited about IDN than domainers. Did I enter some sort of domain name/Internet paradox?

I have yet to read a single blog post from any domaining site about the approval of .IDN.
Nah, they'll all use Weblo!
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Nah, they'll all use Weblo!
Yeah, until that Weblo house of cards comes tumbling down... Er.. wait...

What would be awesome is if Weblo used sim-disasters on their site. You wake up one morning to find out your Weblo simcity has been ravaged by Godzilla and all the information on that page has been burned/erased. Epic!
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Yeah, until that Weblo house of cards comes tumbling down... Er.. wait...

What would be awesome is if Weblo used sim-disasters on their site. You wake up one morning to find out your Weblo simcity has been ravaged by Godzilla and all the information on that page has been burned/erased. Epic!
I think in one or two cases that is just about what happened, of course minus the artistic effects.
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Re: Microsoft, Google eye Arabic web growth potential

A right to left browser in the works ?
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Re: Microsoft, Google eye Arabic web growth potential

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A right to left browser in the works ?
I doubt that Chrome is used to heavily by Arabic users. I'm betting Google would like to change that in these new virtually untapped advertising markets.

I'm sure both Microsoft and Google see native language use from other markets as the the new cash cow in online advertising and both I'm sure would like to grab the majority stake in these new online piggy banks. They'll make sure everyone that can't speak English can get online and access websites and and advertise their native script domains. More people online = more money in advertising for both of them.

Who will be first? Who will be the leader? Doesn't matter to me as long as they do it as fast as they can.
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