Windows Phone localization style guides – 5 languages added

We currently make Windows Phone localization style guides available for free in almost 50 languages to help app developers create and localize Windows Phone apps. We've now added 5 new languages and improved the guidelines for the existing languages. Afrikaans Basque French Canadian Galician Hausa These localization style guides help you ensure that your user interface follows the best…

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8 languages added to the Microsoft Style Guide collection

Another 8 international Microsoft Style Guides for creating and localizing Windows Store and Windows Phone apps are now available for free download on the Microsoft Language Portal. They cover the new languages added for Windows 8 and Office 2013: Belarusian, Central Kurdish, K’iche’, Scottish Gaelic, Sindhi, Tajik, Tigrinya and Uyghur. Style Guides lay down the…

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New Windows Phone glossaries: Simplified Chinese, Indonesian, Malay

If you are developing Windows Phone apps in Simplified Chinese, Indonesian or Malay, you can now find the translations of the user interface and key terminology on the Language Portal Online Search. The terminology includes translations of key Windows Phone UI such as “live tile”, “Marketplace” or “hub”. We’ve also made the localization and authoring style guides…

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Coming soon: Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition

The 4th edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style – essentially the English Style Guide for Microsoft products – has been released to manufacturing and will available in ebook versions (PDF, ePub, Mobi/Kindle) and hard copy in a few weeks. The new edition is a major update of the last edition from 2004. It is…

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Localizing Windows Phone apps: New terminology and Style Guides posted

Another 15 localization style guides for developing international Windows Phone apps have just been made available by the Windows Phone team. Style guides provide instructions to help ensure that your app speaks to the user in the same tone, style and level of formality as Windows Phone itself. For example, should you say please or…

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53 new international Microsoft Style Guides available for download!

We’ve added another 53 new and updated international localization/translation style guides to the Microsoft Language Portal. International style guides provide general Microsoft guidelines for style, tone, orthography and other language topics. They will help you localize, translate and author content when developing applications that run under Microsoft platforms such as Windows or Exchange or integrate…

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New writing style in Russian Microsoft products

The new Russian Style Guide posted last week (together with 37 other international style guides) contains a significant change in the way we will address users in many new Russian products and services going forward. Basically, every single part of the style guide has been revised and rewritten. What’s more important, we’ve changed the style…

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New and updated Microsoft Style Guides for 38 languages released

Hot on the heels of the 5 Windows Phone-specific style guides we posted last week, we are now making 38 updated and expanded international style guides available for download. International Style guides provide general Microsoft guidelines for style, tone, orthography and other language topics. They are essential tools to help you localize, translate and author…

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How does your French Windows Phone say “Oops”? Style Guides now available

If you are developing Windows Phone apps for international markets, it’s now easier to ensure that your app speaks to the user in the same tone, style and level of formality as the Windows Phone OS. The Windows Phone team have just made 5 international style guides available for free download to help localize apps…

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Two Microsoft Style Guides updated: Amharic and Turkish

We’ve updated two of our Style Guides – Amharic and Turkish. New versions can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Language Portal Style Guide download page. Style Guides are intended to provide Microsoft-specific language guidelines for major style, tone, grammar, punctuation or other language issues. You can reference the Style Guides to localize applications that…

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