You can now download the released version of Microsoft Office 2010 in Kyrgyz (кыргыз) - the official language of the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan.

This “Language Interface Pack” version of Kyrgyz allows you to change the user interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. The pack includes a spell checker and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

With this release, Office 2010, Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 are now all available in Kyrgyz.

NUMBER OF SPEAKERS: 3 million speakers

Kyrgyz is (together with Russian) the official language of the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan. In Kyrgyzstan, the percentage of people claiming Kyrgyz as their first language dropped from 67% to 44% in the years between 1926 and 1970 due to the large influx of non-Kyrgyz speakers. After Kyrgyzstan became an independent nation in 1991, an aggressive language policy tried to revert the trend and re-"Kyrgyzify" the country. Outside of Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz is spoken in neighboring countries such as China (150,000 speakers, mainly in Sinkiang-Uighur Autonomous Region), Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

FUN FACT:

There has been some confusion around the terms Kyrgyz and Kazakh. Kazakh has been referred to as Kirghiz, Kirghiz-Kaisak, or Kazakh-Kirghiz while Kara-Kirghiz or Kara-Kyrgyz (black Kyrgyz) was the term used for what we call Kyrgyz. Also, in Turkish, Kyrgyz is known as Kırgız Türkçesi (Kyrgyz Turkish).

Click here for more information about the Kyrgyz language (Wikipedia)

If you are translating products into Kyrgyz, you can find the key terminology and localization style guides on the Microsoft Language Portal.