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    Check out the new Windows 7 language download page . On this page, you can find the 95 language versions available for Windows 7 or Windows Vista and install them as extra languages on your system. For example, if you have Windows in Spanish , you can add Basque , Catalan , Galician and Quechua...
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    Check this new video from the Microsoft Local Language Program about translating products into Māori. It has some great insights from students at a Maori language school in Hamilton, New Zealand, and from Te Taka Keegan, PhD, senior lecturer at University of Waikato . They explain why it makes a difference...
  • Blog Post: Video: Why we localize software for Norwegian Nynorsk

    Norwegian is not just Norwegian. There's two of them: Norwegian Bokmål (literally: "book language") is used in writing in 85-90% of Norway, but Norwegian Nynorsk ("New Norwegian") has equal status as a written language. Why is it important to have software in Norwegian Nynorsk? Check...
  • Blog Post: New language added: Amharic

    For the first time, we’ve added reference material for Amharic on the Language Portal : Terminology search UI Strings search Style Guide download The material covers Amharic versions of Microsoft Office Language Interface Pack 2007 and Windows Vista Language...
  • Blog Post: Implementing the Portuguese spelling reform in Portugal

    A few days ago, we posted the new and updated European Portuguese Style Guide . With this new edition, we will now begin to gradually adopt the Portuguese spelling reform in new products and services until the expiry of the transition period in Portugal in 2014. The topic Portuguese Spelling Reform in...