Office 2013 now available in Uyghur – ئۇيغۇرچە

You can now use Office in Uyghur for the first time ever. The Uyghur “Language Interface Pack” can be installed as a free download on top of an existing version of Office 2013 (in any language). Download Uyghur Office 2013 Language Interface Pack The release of Uyghur completes the localization of Office 2013 into a total…


Office 2013 and Windows Phone 8 product terminology published

The Microsoft Language Portal has been updated with terminology and UI translations from Office 2013, Windows Phone 8 and new languages added to Windows 8 and Office 2013. The portal provides online search for thousands of translations used in Microsoft products in more than 100 languages. Here’s what had just been added: Office 2013 terminology…


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…


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…


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…


Windows 8 Release Preview now available in 14 languages

The Windows 8 Release Preview was just announced!  It’s available for download in 14 languages: Arabic, English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German,  Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Download it today from (see the FAQ for more info on the language selection).    


Give feedback on Windows terms for Armenian, Tamil, Urdu & Vietnamese

We are now looking for feedback from our users on the key Windows terminology for Armenian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. So we have opened a Terminology Feedback Program that gives you an opportunity to comment on these terms as they will appear in the next version of Windows. The lists include translations that are already used in…


Help us translate “sideload” and “semantic zoom” for the Windows 8 Developer glossary

Do you have suggestions on how to translate sideload or semantic zoom in Chinese? Spanish? Japanese? Or any of the languages below? Why not join the community and help refine the Windows 8 Developer glossary for your language! Your input is invaluable especially for some of the trickier terms including “flyout”, “raw input thread”, “touch…


Help us translate “charm” and “speed bump” in Windows 8 – for 23 languages!

A few weeks ago we asked speakers of Chinese Simplified, Japanese, German and French help us translate the planned, new terminology in Windows 8. We got some brilliantly creative suggestions and insightful comments that will help us get the language experience just right in Windows 8. We are now looking for feedback or alternative suggestions…