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Translations of Windows 8 user interface available for 57 languages

Translations of Windows 8 user interface available for 57 languages

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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 picture password is translated in Japanese, the portal provides both a definition and the context in which the translations appear in Japanese Windows 8:

And if you are completely new to localization, a great first step is to set up your project for localization using the free Multilingual App Toolkit from the Windows International localization team.

Windows 8 ships in 109 languages, and more languages will be added to the portal later. Here's what's available now: 

Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani (Latin), Basque, Bosnian (Latin), Brazilian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English UK, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Norwegian, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Persian, Polish, Portuguese European, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia),  Serbian (Latin, Serbia), Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian,  Vietnamese, and Welsh.

  • If I am not mistaken, but Microsoft used to advertise its terminology management approach as being concept-based rather than term-based. If that is the case, terms are not "translated" but rather, a designation is found that can identify the concept in the target language. It would be more appropriate to say, "if you want to discover the Japanese term for picture password".

  • It would be nice if the MS site advertising these packs actually stated which ones are available and when the others should be available. At the moment it's total guesswork. I test-upgraded a laptop to see if the LIP for my languages was there but it turns out, not yet and no one knows when.

    So browny points for including more languages, thumbsdown for not informing the end users properly.

  • Thanks for that feedback, Michael. Going forward we will try to be clearer what LIPs have actually released.

  • Yay, the language pack for my language has been released. Oddly enough ahead of Irish and Welsh, which are normally ahead of us :)

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