Yahoo! India has launched chat services in eight Indian languages in its new Messenger 8.0 called Yahoo! Indichat plug-in. While one can chat in Hindi and Tamil without needing any language keyboard, for chatting in other languages like Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Malayalam a language keyboard is needed.
The plug-in feature enables music, finance, games, answers and many more features in the Messenger window, thus taking IM beyond just a device for chatting. Users can download Indichat plug-in for Hindi and Tamil from http://in.gallary.yahoo.com on to their Yahoo! Messenger 8.0.
“The Internet till now has been all about English. Having incredible reach in mail and IM service, we believe it is our duty to bring in localisation. We will make worldwide successful products more and more relevant to Indian mass audience. We will launch the same services at least in 14 to 16 Indian languages over a few quarters,” said George Zacharias, MD, Yahoo! India.
Yahoo! India also introduced Indian language audibles, which are available in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati and Punjabi. It also announced the launch of Yahoo! Mail beta for India, touted as the next generation Web 2.0 mail product from Yahoo!