Windows 8 now available in Cherokee

Windows 8 became available in Cherokee this week. In the making for over 3 years, the Cherokee Language Interface Pack for Windows 8 was built in collaboration with the Cherokee Nation Language Team. The work also involved creating a completely new font for Windows 8, Gadugi, a Cherokee word which roughly translates to “working together”. The release…


How to suggest language support for Windows Phone

If your language is not currently supported on Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Suggestion Box is a handy site to make your voice heard and vote up suggestions from other users. Once an idea has been implemented, you’ll see a small COMPLETED label.      


Bing Translator app now released for Windows Phone 8

One of the most fun apps for Windows Phone is now available for Windows Phone 8 users. The Bing Translator app lets you simply point your camera at text in a foreign language – whether it’s a road sign, poster, restaurant menu, or whatever – and the text gets translated in real time. For example,…

How to find translations of words like "and", "or", "about" on the Portal

A couple of visitors to the Microsoft Language Portal contacted us via the Feedback page and wrote: Apparently only English products have an About box, because there is no translation for any other language! Search Terminology is a great tool! There is however a problem if you search for proper noun terms, like “about”. The tool…

IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7 available in 39 languages

Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview for Windows 7 is now available for download in 39 languages (including English): Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Hong Kong SAR), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Portuguese European, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian,…


Cool translation tech: English-Chinese Voice Translator

Fascinating talk and demo of real-time translation from spoken English into spoken Chinese. This was part of a presentation at Microsoft Research Asia’s 21st Century Computing event in Tianjin, China. Read the full article on the Next at Microsoft blog. Skip to 7:30 for the actual English-Chinese speech demo. Still a lot of work to be…


Making Musikk at the Norwegian Windows 8 Launch

Funny Microsoft Norway video from the Windows 8 launch:  From Rob Margel’s Windows blog. And if you are wondering what the Norwegian word Musikk is called in US Windows 8, you can find user interface translations in over 57 languages on the Microsoft Language Portal.    

Translations of Windows 8 user interface available for 57 languages

Developing an app for Windows 8 and want to make it available in multiple languages? The Microsoft Language Portal now enables you to find the Windows 8 translations of user interface terms such as Start screen, file explorer, charm, or Pin to Start in more than 57 languages.  For example, if you want to discover how…


Office 2013 Preview Glossary

If you are developing applications or content for Office 2013, you can use this handy glossary to get to grips with the new terminology in Office 2013 Preview and SharePoint 2013 Preview. The Office 2013 Preview Glossary contains definitions for terms that are either new or changed. It’s available in English only.    


Localizing your Windows 8 apps: Multilingual App Toolkit released

Building a Windows 8 app and want to make it available internationally? It’s now easy to get your app translated into multiple languages with the release of the Multilingual App Toolkit. This kit is a free download that allows you to set up a localization project and send the files for translation – or get your app automatically translated…