Language Portal search tip: Finding exact matches only

A visitor to the Microsoft Language Portal contacted us via the Feedback page and wrote “When I try to find “find in”, I don’t find it.” So the visitor wanted to find the exact string find in, but the search results only contained find. The reason is that common words like in, from, to, etc,…

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Redesigned Microsoft Language Portal features terminology downloads

We’ve launched a redesigned and enhanced Microsoft Language Portal!   What you’re seeing on the Language Portal today is not only a redesigned and easier-to-use site, but part of a wider effort to provide IT terminology for public download in an industry-recognized format.   If you are a regular visitor to the Language Portal, you’ll…


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…

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How are we doing?

The Language Portal (http://www.microsoft.com/language) 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…

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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…

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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 4.1.1.7. 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…

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Puget Sound STC meeting on terminology at Microsoft

The Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invited me and a panel of Microsoft writers, editors, managers, and terminologists to present our view of terminology management best practices at their November meeting in Bellevue, WA.  I have been a member of STC for 20 plus years, during most of that time…

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Multilingual documentation: English and localized Help

The Search tool in the Microsoft Language Portal lets you access the Microsoft terminology database, with thousands of English terms, their definitions and their translations in more than 90 languages, and millions of software strings from localized Microsoft products (also known as UI strings, i.e. the text that appears in the User Interface of a…

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Is your content ready for globalization?

This article first appeared in the Microsoft Language Portal. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear something about globalization and how it is impossible for companies to overlook the importance of building products and services for a global market. The reasons are simple: Software and web application customers are no longer confined by…

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Terminology management at Microsoft

This article first appeared in the Microsoft Language Portal. It describes how Microsoft terminology gets from the drawing board to the people outside Microsoft who need it – third-party software developers, user interface designers, and language professionals. The Microsoft Language Excellence group owns and maintains a multilingual, concept-oriented, terminology database. The Language Excellence group’s mission is…

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