Microsoft Language Portal Blog

News and updates for Microsoft users, customers and developers to efficiently localize software and services.

January, 2009

  • Free downloads of 26 new Style Guides now available

    We have added another 26 Localization/Translation Style Guides that you can download for free from the Microsoft Language Portal. We already provide around 60 downloadable Style Guides and have now added the following languages from the Unlimited Potential...
  • Windows 7 Beta in Arabic, German, Hindi and Japanese available on Jan 9

    Windows 7 Beta is now ready and in addition to English, it'll also be available in German, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi on January 9. Each language will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions (except Hindi which will only be available in 32-bit). Read...
  • Context-sensitive speller

    Today’s post in the Office Natural Language Team Blog reminds us that a great addition to Office 2007, a context-sensitive spelling checker , is also available for Spanish (as well as English and German). It is a very useful feature for languages with...
  • Portuguese spelling reform in Brazil

    On January 1 st , 2009, Brazil started adopting the new spelling rules, defined in the Spelling Agreement signed in 1990 by seven Portuguese-speaking countries. Grammarians estimate that the spelling reform affects 0.5% of the Portuguese (Brazil) lexicon...