Microsoft Local Language Program celebrates International Mother Language Day

February 21 is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day 2013, which aims to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This is also an occasion for us to highlight the contributions of the Microsoft Local Language Program (LLP), which provides people access to technology in their native language.  The Microsoft LLP includes a number of special features,…

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14 new languages announced for Windows 8

February 21 is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. To mark this, the Windows team are today announcing that Windows 8 will be available in 14 new languages, bringing the total number of languages supported to 109. The languages announced today are English UK, Punjabi (Pakistan), Sindhi (Pakistan), Central Kurdish (Iraq), Uyghur (People’s Republic of China), Belarusian (Belarus),…

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Office 2010 now available in Māori

The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Maori is now available for free download. A Language Interface Pack allows you to change the user interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. The pack includes a spell checker and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. SOME FACTS…

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Video: Localizing Visual Studio 2010 into Czech

There have been a number of stories about the International Mother Language Day 2011 this week and here’s one more from the Microsoft Local Language Program. This one is a short video about the work involved in translating the user interface of Visual Studio 2010 into Czech and why it makes a difference in education:   To…

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Office 2010 now available in Vietnamese

The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Vietnamese is now available for free download! A Language Interface Pack allows you to change the user interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. The pack includes a spell checker and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. A COUPLE…

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Windows 7 Māori Language Interface Pack is live!

Windows 7 in Maori is now available for download. Maori is the second official language of New Zealand (the other being English). Fun Facts about Maori: In addition to being a great movie, Whale Rider portrays Maori culture and society. If you haven’t read the book, or viewed the movie it is highly recommended. Like…

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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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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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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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Video: Translating Microsoft products into Māori

Check this new video from the Microsoft Local Language Program about translating products into Maori. It has some great insights from students at a Maori language school in Hamilton, New Zealand, and from Te Taka Keegan, PhD, senior lecturer at University of Waikato. They explain why it makes a difference to localize Windows and Office…

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