Feeds

Microsoft gets the Spanish inquisition

The good people of Spain point accusatory finger at Stan the sexist

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Just when it seemed that Bill Gates had offended everyone, he's gone and done it again - and this time in a foreign language. The Spanish are up in arms at some of the "clearly sexist" synonyms in the dictionary part of Microsoft Word. So much so, that the Spanish government has asked the Great Satan of Software to change entries that are offending some women, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The words in question include the female adjective ansiosa - which Microsoft translates as: "nymphomaniac, lecherous, sexually avid". Yet the masculine version, ansioso, is described as "covetous, yearning, painstaking, ambitious". Similarly, ligera is described as "unfaithful or seductress", while the masculine version is "agile or fast". The Spanish said they had even offered to help Microsoft to modify the dictionary. Microsoft denied all knowledge of the complaint. Isn't there a synonym for that as well? ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.