Windows 7 terminology published on Microsoft Language Portal

Following the worldwide release of Windows 7, we have now included the terminology and software translations for 35 languages on the Microsoft Language Portal. UI strings for Windows 7 (and many other products) are also available for download in CSV format for MSDN and TechNet subscribers.


Downloading UI translations for offline use

Microsoft Language Portal features an online search displaying results from our terminology database and text strings used in our products.   In addition to the online search, you can download the text strings (a.k.a. “UI strings”) in CSV format with an MSDN or TechNet subscription. These now include Windows 7 translations. The content of these…


Dutch Style Guide Updated

The Dutch Style Guide has been updated and is available for download from the Language Portal Style Guide Download Center.  Here is an overview of the changes made in this update: – Guidelines for translation of key names have been changed.- A new section has been added on the translation of wizard names.- A new…


How are we doing?

The Language Portal ( has been available for over a year, now and we would like to hear what you think so far! Is the site helping you in your daily work? What areas do you use most often? What is particularly useful about being able to search for terms? What would you like to…


Spelling Reform Topic Updated in Portuguese (Brazil) Style Guide

 The 5th edition of Vocabulário Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa (VOLP) was published on March 19, 2009, clarifying  the points that were obscure in the official text of the Spelling Agreement.  In Portuguese (Brazil) Style Guide available on the Language Portal, the topic Portuguese Spelling Reform was updated accordingly to conform with the procedure and methodology…


Danish and Ukrainian Style Guides Recently Updated

The Danish and Ukrainian Style Guides available from the Microsoft Language Portal were updated recently. In the Danish Style Guide, section Mood has been updated. In Danish some verbs in the imperative form can be mistaken for a noun and therefore we have added an accent acute to the verb in order to distinguish…


Portuguese spelling reform in Brazil

On January 1st, 2009, Brazil started adopting the new spelling rules, defined in the Spelling Agreement signed in 1990 by seven Portuguese-speaking countries. Grammarians estimate that the spelling reform affects 0.5% of the Portuguese (Brazil) lexicon. In Brazil, there will be a 4-year transition period in which both spellings will be accepted. As the purpose…


Context-sensitive speller

Today’s post in the Office Natural Language Team Blog reminds us that a great addition to Office 2007, a context-sensitive spelling checker, is also available for Spanish (as well as English and German). It is a very useful feature for languages with recurrent homophones, like they’re, their and there in English. It helps users avoid…


Windows 7 Beta in Arabic, German, Hindi and Japanese available on Jan 9

Windows 7 Beta is now ready and in addition to English, it’ll also be available in German, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi on January 9. Each language will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions (except Hindi which will only be available in 32-bit). Read more on the Windows 7 Team blog. If you read German, check…


Free downloads of 26 new Style Guides now available

We have added another 26 Localization/Translation Style Guides that you can download for free from the Microsoft Language Portal. We already provide around 60 downloadable Style Guides and have now added the following languages from the Unlimited Potential Local Language Program:  Albanian Amharic  Armenian Assamese Azeri Gaelic Georgian Inuktitut Icelandic Khmer Kinyarwanda Kiswahili Kyrgyz Lao…