Israel Suspends Contracts with Microsoft

By Deane Barker on October 15, 2003

Microsoft’s Mac Hebrew snub prompts Israeli AntiTrust complaint: It seems like a small thing, but this has resulted in a suspension of Microsoft contracts with the Israeli government through the end of next year.

“Microsoft’s refusal to provide Hebrew support in its Macintosh Internet Explorer browser or Office suite has prompted a complaint to Israel’s antitrust department. […]

Hebrew writers have long complained that Microsoft Office for the Mac doesn’t support the script: even though it’s drawn from the Windows codebase which does support Hebrew, and many other right-to-left scripts to boot. The lack of support wasn’t fixed in Office 2001:mac, and despite rich language support for developers in Apple’s Mac OS X, Microsoft says it has no plans to add Hebrew to Office v.X:mac.”