Microsoft Language Portal Blog

Thoughts about terminology, language, and linguistics

Microsoft Language Portal Blog

  • Microsoft Glossary and Terminology Database Access

    Microsoft offers the following terminology resources to its customers: · Key terminology and shipped strings are available for live search using the Microsoft Language Portal Search Tool. · For MSDN and TechNet subscribers, full product glossaries...
  • Microsoft Language Portal is Live!

    Dear friends, Good news: The Microsoft Language Portal is live in 11 languages! The site contains information, resources and tools that will hopefully be of use for you. Here are some of the top features: A search tool that allows you to search...
  • Welcome to Microsoft's Terminology Community Forum Blog

    Welcome to the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum blog! My name is Britta Simon , I have been working at Microsoft Corporation for about eight years. I have worked in a variety of areas focusing on terminology management, natural language processing...
  • Language Portal Search Tool - Bidirectional Search Enabled!

    The Language Portal Search Tool now offers bidirectional search functionality. Up to this month, search was only possible from English to target language. Going forward, it is also possible to look up English terms entering a target term into the search...
  • Give Feedback on Terminology used in Office 2007 and Windows Vista

    We just opened another Microsoft Terminology Community Forum. The forum includes terminology that was used in Office 2007 and Windows Vista. If you speak one of the following languages, please consider giving us feedback on the translations we used in...
  • Interesting websites, forums and blogs

    I recently spent time looking for online resources that target linguists, localizers, terminologists and people generally interested in language-related matters. I was surprised to see how many great online language resources there are (both entertaining...
  • Windows Live Terminology Community Forum Open for Participation

    Dear friends, Are you interested in terminology and the translations of social networking terms? My team just opened a new Terminology Community Forum for you to participate in, and I would like to extend an invitation to you to influence the terminology...
  • Microsoft to launch a web portal with a new glossary search tool this spring

    Many of you know that Microsoft makes available the product glossaries of the products we shipped on MSDN for download. We also have a spreadsheet with select core terminology available for download on http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/MILSGlossary...
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC) 2008 National Conference

    By Robin Lombard, Terminology Research Manager, Microsoft Corporation I attended and presented at the Society for Technical Communication (STC) 2008 National Conference in Philadelphia , PA from June 1-4, 2008. There were probably fewer than 1,000...
  • University of Washington Lecture

    By Robin Lombard, Terminology Research Manager, Microsoft Corporation On Tuesday, May 13, 2008 I gave a lecture to a class of University of Washington students who are enrolled in the Technical Communications program. The class is a graduate seminar...
  • More Info on our Microsoft Glossaries

    The Microsoft Terminology Community Forum glossaries are not exhaustive but contain a limited amount of terms. The terms are selected from our U.S. product glossaries by terminologists who know the target language and may determine which U.S. terms are...
  • What kind of terminology lookup formats do you prefer for your localization work?

    I would like to find out what kind of terminology/glossary lookup formats you prefer for your localization work. Do you look up core terms and translations, entire strings and translations, or both (core terms AND strings containing the term you are interested...
  • We've moved!

    Britta Simon has left our terminology team to move to a new exciting opportunity in Microsoft. Britta was our blog owner so we are taking the opportunity to move to new digs so more members from our "Language Excellence" team can blog. The new address...
  • Language Portal article published in PressPass

    We are in the process of determining Language Portal features that should be implemented in the future. It is pretty easy to find out what people think about the content and tools we currently offer on our site, however, determining what additional content...
  • Terminological consistency and partial language attrition?

    I am wondering what effects our attempts to ensure terminological consistency will have on our languages going forward. Consistent terminology is necessary for efficient localization in a world that values business expansion in a global market while...
  • Are you a Greek, Slovak, Slovenian or Ukrainian Visio or Project User?

    We are currently conducting terminology community forums for Greek, Slovak, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. The forums contain Visio and Project terminology (as in Microsoft Office product family applications). We are conducting the forums since Microsoft Office...
  • Most popular download formats

    I am investigating what file formats people generally prefer for glossary downloads, csv, Excel spreadsheets, html, others? CSV seems to be the most generic one (e.g. the solution that might work best for the majority of language professionals). Please...