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  • Blog Post: Office 2010 released in Macedonian and Irish

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Packs for Macedonian and Irish are now available for free download and installation: Macedonian Irish A Language Interface Pack allows you to change the User Interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. The packs...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Vietnamese

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Vietnamese is now available for free download ! A Language Interface Pack 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 now in Bangla!

    Windows 7 in Bangla - the official language of Bangladesh - is now available for download . In addition to Windows 7, a localized version of Windows Vista is also available. Bangla is sometimes referred to as Bengali, but is usually referred to as Bangla in Bangladesh. Note that we are still using “Bengali...
  • Blog Post: Video: Don't just click OK! Localizing into Vietnamese

    What do you typically do when you get one of those notifications that prompt you to either allow a download or cancel? Do you usually just click “Allow” and hope nothing bad happens? Imagine the dilemma of seeing these notifications in a language you don’t fully understand. This is one of the reasons...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 LIP Sinhala has released

    A Sinhala version of Office 2010 is now available from the Microsoft download center . This release is a free Language Interface Pack (LIP) that installs on top of a copy of Microsoft Office 2010. A FEW FACTS ABOUT SINHALA Sinhala (සිංහල), also called Sinhalese, is spoken by more than 13 million people...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Dari

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Dari - دری is now available for free download . A Language Interface Pack 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...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 released in Urdu, Uzbek and Norwegian Nynorsk

    3 new language versions of Office 2010 are now available for download: Urdu Uzbek Norwegian Nynorsk These “Language Interface Pack” versions be downloaded for free and installed on top of an existing Office 2010 installation. They include spell checkers. The terminology and UI string translations for...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Albanian (Shqip)

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Albanian (Shqip) is now available for free download ! A Language Interface Pack 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...
  • Blog Post: Sharing IT terminology with local language communities

    Today, we are announcing 59 Language Interface Packs (LIPs) for Windows 7, Office 2010 as well as new LIP additions for Visual Studio 2010 for the first time. We are also announcing that we have begun to share the contents of the Microsoft Terminology database as a whole, making it available through...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 released for Marathi, Konkani and Gujarati

    Microsoft Office 2010 just became available to another approx. 140 million native speakers with the release of the Language Interface Packs for Marathi (70 million native speakers plus about 20 million second language speakers), Konkani (4 million native speakers), and Gujarati (46 million native speakers...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Kyrgyz (кыргыз)

    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...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Tamil

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Tamil (தமிழ்) is now available for free download ! A Language Interface Pack 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 in Dari, Kyrgyz and 3 Nigerian languages

    Five more language version of Windows have released over the last couple of days, covering 3 countries: Nigeria: Hausa Windows 7 LIP Igbo Windows 7 LIP Yoruba Windows 7 LIP Afghanistan: Dari Windows 7 LIP Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz Windows 7 LIP Please note that the Windows 7 LIPs can only be installed on a...
  • Blog Post: Installing spellers for Office 2010 Language Interface Pack languages

    The Office localization team has published the full list of spellers available for the Language Interface Pack languages, from Afrikaans, Albanian and Armenian down to Yoruba - currently 49 languages. You can see the full list of spellers on the Office Language Interface Pack blog and get more information...
  • Blog Post: 30 new Style Guides for download!

    We added another 30 Localization/Translation Style Guides that you can download for free. We already provide over 30 downloadable Style Guides and have now added languages such as Bosnian, Bengali, Filipino, isiZulu, Konkani and Vietnamese to mention just a few. We now provide these guides for 60...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Malay (Malaysia)

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Malay (Malaysia) is now available for free download ! A Language Interface Pack allows you to change the user interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. The pack includes a spell checker and is available...
  • Blog Post: Filipino released for Microsoft Office 2010

    Office 2010 just became available in Filipino and can be installed here . This release is a free Language Interface Pack (LIP) that installs on top of a copy of Microsoft Office 2010. Filipino is already available for Windows 7 and can be downloaded from the Windows 7 Language page . A little background...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Inuktitut

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Inuktitut is now available for free download . A Language Interface Pack 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...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Basque, Catalan, Galician and Serbian Cyrillic have released

    The Office 2010 “Language Interface Packs” (LIPs) have started rolling out and are now available for Basque, Catalan, Galician and Serbian Cyrillic. 62 LIP languages in total will be available for Office 2010 over the coming months – in addition to the 38 “full” languages...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in 7 Indian languages

    The Office localization team has been hard at work on churning out Indian “Language Interface Packs (LIP)” in the last few weeks. A LIP is a translated user interface that installs on top of a copy of Microsoft Office 2010, and can be downloaded and installed for free. Here’s a roundup of the latest...
  • Blog Post: Want to get new LIPs?

    Not a lot of people know it, but both Windows and Office are available in up to 70 languages (probably more when you read this, they release on a rolling basis). The "LIP" (Language Interface Pack) is a translated skin that sits on top of a licensed copy of Office or Windows. When you've installed...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 now available in Amharic (አማርኛ)

    You can now download the released version of Microsoft Office 2010 in Amharic (አማርኛ) - the national language of Ethiopia. This “ Language Interface Pack ” version of Amharic allows you to change the user interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: 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 Local Language Program: Albanian Amharic...
  • Blog Post: Where's Bengali?

    Just wanted to come back on a comment from maansar from a couple of weeks ago: With nearly 230 million total speakers, Bengali is one of the most spoken languages (ranking fifth or sixth in the world). Bengali is the primary language spoken in Bangladesh and is the second most spoken language in...
  • Blog Post: Welsh versions of Office and Windows – helping support “immersive” education

    If you’re interested in the use of IT in education, have a look at this new case study from the Microsoft Local Language Program about how localized software helps Welsh students use technology in their own language. Here’s a snippet from the article that illustrates why this makes a difference: While...