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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 now available in 14 languages

    The new version of Visual Studio recently released with localized UI in Brazilian Portuguese , Chinese Simplified , Chinese Traditional , Czech , German , French , Italian , Japanese , Korean , Polish , Russian , Spanish and Turkish . And as announced on the Developer Content Localization Team blog...
  • Blog Post: Localizing Windows Phone apps: New terminology and Style Guides posted

    Another 15 localization style guides for developing international Windows Phone apps have just been made available by the Windows Phone team. Style guides provide instructions to help ensure that your app speaks to the user in the same tone, style and level of formality as Windows Phone itself. For...
  • Blog Post: Finding international Windows Phone 7 terminology

    If you are developing international apps for Windows Phone 7, the key terms and user interface translations are now available on the Microsoft Language Portal for the following languages: UK English French Italian German Spanish The terms and translations are available both for online search (select...
  • Blog Post: How does your French Windows Phone say “Oops”? Style Guides now available

    If you are developing Windows Phone apps for international markets, it’s now easier to ensure that your app speaks to the user in the same tone, style and level of formality as the Windows Phone OS. The Windows Phone team have just made 5 international style guides available for free download to help...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 RC ships in 40 languages

    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: Windows Live terminology - what users told us

    For a couple of months earlier this year, we ran a terminology feedback program to solicit comments and alternative suggestions from our users. This program was specifically aimed at the existing terminology in the Windows Live suite of services (Messenger, Spaces, Hotmail, etc) and in particular on...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Beta available in 33 languages

    Internet Explorer 9 Beta launched last week and not just for English. It comes in 32 other languages : Arabic, Chinese Hong Kong SAR, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish,...
  • Blog Post: Terms under the spotlight

    This page is a compilation of the "terms of the month" featured in the Microsoft Language Portal . It includes the following terms: Breadcrumb Cookie Nudge Ribbon Tag cloud Tap Wizard Breadcrumb The term breadcrumb navigation was coined in reference to the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, by...
  • Blog Post: Animals and... IT terminology!

    English is a very creative language which often uses semantic neologisms (a new meaning is given to an already existing word) and/or terminologization (a generic word is transformed into a new term in a special language). Here are a few well-known examples* of terms that originally described only...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 has released in 39 languages

    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: 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...