Visual Studio 2008 has been localized into Arabic, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Polish, Tamil, Turkish, Malayalam and Oriya as a free "CLIP" download package.
"CLIP" stand for "Captions Language Interface Pack". It's basically an add-on with localized user interface that you install on top of the English version of Visual Studio. The CLIP package allows you to see translations of menus, button and so on as tooltips when running Visual Studio.
It's designed for users who use the English version, but want to see the most common user interface in their own language as well.
The translations in the CLIP package are a joint-effort between Microsoft and local communities.
Here are a couple of screenshots of what this looks like when you are working in the product (apologies in advance for the poor image quality):
When you hover your mouse over a menu or command, a separate box (or a tooltip depending on your setup) will display the translation in the local language. You can also add your own translation for user interface items.
The CLIP packages are available as free downloads from the Local Language Program or directly from these links:
Hello there, thanks for the info and the CLIP pack in different languages.
As a Turkish developer, I'm pleased that Turkish developers and others from different countries will have a localized IDE VS2008 for themselves and for their languages.
I had downloaded it, I was expecting something much better that it will integrate the local language into the IDE's of the visual studio but instead it's just a translation but it helps. Thanks anyways, is there another way to integrate it into the menus and submenus of the programs? I mean, a total make over of it into a localized language?
Thank you for the feedback. What you refer to as ''something integrated into the menu and submenus'' is a known as a Language Pack. The Language Pack is obviously a more complete experience but the CLIP is our starting point in offering localized user interface to customers in new markets where commercial localized version of Visual Studio are not yet available. CLIP are considerably easier to produce and this is why whenever we introduce a new language, we start with a CLIP. Microsoft plans to release free Language Packs for Visual Studio 2010 Professional edition in the summer of 2010 for Turkish, Czech, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese. Users will have to first install the English version of the product and then download the free language pack and install it on top of the English version. We will make CLIP v2 available for Visual Studio 2010 and expand the number of languages. A part from the remaining languages mentioned above that will not be moved to a language pack, we will also release Thai, Malay, Greek and Hungarian.