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    Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate is now available in 40 languages simultaneously: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Hong Kong SAR), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean...
  • Blog Post: Puget Sound STC meeting on terminology at Microsoft

    The Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communication ( STC ) invited me and a panel of Microsoft writers, editors, managers, and terminologists to present our view of terminology management best practices at their November meeting in Bellevue, WA. I have been a member of STC for 20 plus...
  • Blog Post: 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 recurrent homophones , like they’re, their and...
  • Blog Post: Latin terms and software terminology

    Until the 18th century Latin used to be the lingua franca of scholars and scientists. Nowadays the role belongs to English, the recognized global language of business, science and technology. Predictably, quite a few English IT terms have been taken into other languages as loanwords (e.g. software...
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    Internet Explorer 9 is final and available for download in 39 languages (including English): Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Hong Kong SAR), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean,...
  • Blog Post: English-only Microsoft glossaries

    The Microsoft Language Portal is focused on bi-lingual glossaries/terminology, but Microsoft sites also contain various English-only glosssaries that explain key concepts and focus on smaller sets of terminology for the product/technology. These key terms are already included i n the terminology search...
  • Blog Post: Multilingual documentation: English and localized Help

    The Search tool in the Microsoft Language Portal lets you access the Microsoft terminology database, with thousands of English terms, their definitions and their translations in more than 90 languages, and millions of software strings from localized Microsoft products (also known as UI strings , i.e...