New terminology on Microsoft Language Portal

We’ve completed a substantial update of the Microsoft Language Portal terminology and UI translations from scores of international Microsoft products that have released over the last few months. The newly added products (or newly added languages for existing products) will help you globalize and localize products quickly, efficiently and to the same style, tone and…

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Notification: Language Portal data update in progress

We are currently updating the Language Portal online search database with the latest products and languages. You may experience that no or only partial results are returned while this is in progress. We hope to have the system updated very soon. Another post will be published when the update is finished. Note: The Style Guide…

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Windows 7 now available in five South African languages

The Windows localization team keeps churning out new language versions of Windows 7. Six new languages – five of them from South Africa – became available this past week: Afrikaans Setswana Sesotho sa Leboa isiZulu isiXhosa Sinhala Languages coming up for Windows 7 in the near future: Language Country Amharic Ethiopia Armenian Armenia Bengali (Bangladesh)…

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How we decide to localize into one language, but not another

How do we decide to localize one language, but not another? For some insight on this process, have a look at this blog post from Michael Kaplan from Microsoft’s software internationalization and localizability team. Michael’s blog – Sorting it All Out – is a veritable cornucopia of news and views on internationalization and globalization of…

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Video: Don’t just click OK! Localizing into Vietnamese

What do you typically do when you get one of those notifications that prompt you to either allow a download or cancel? Do you usually just click “Allow” and hope nothing bad happens? Imagine the dilemma of seeing these notifications in a language you don’t fully understand. This is one of the reasons why localization…

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