So, as part of Google’s mission to build products for everyone and make the web globally accessible, no matter where users are, We’ve recently launched a massive open online course (MOOC) called Localization Essentials. The course is completely free to access on Udacity. Videos and course transcripts can be downloaded and used offline. The course covers all localization basics needed to develop global products and to work in this expanding industry. Indian users already welcomed this free online course enthusiastically: Their enrollment is the highest, second only to US users, with more than 700 Indian students already enrolled and taking the course and the number still growing.

By sharing our knowledge, we hope that more culturally relevant products will become available to users in India and we hope we’re providing users, language experts, product managers and developers opportunities that they might not have had before. We’re looking forward to seeing how sharing this localization knowledge will impact users in India.

By Bert Vander Meeren, Director, Localization, Google