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  • Blog Post: Coming soon: Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition

    The 4th edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style – essentially the English Style Guide for Microsoft products - has been released to manufacturing and will available in ebook versions (PDF, ePub, Mobi/Kindle) and hard copy in a few weeks. The new edition is a major update of the last edition from...
  • 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: New writing style in Russian Microsoft products

    The new Russian Style Guide posted last week (together with 37 other international style guides ) contains a significant change in the way we will address users in many new Russian products and services going forward. Basically, every single part of the style guide has been revised and rewritten. What...
  • 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: Two Microsoft Style Guides updated: Amharic and Turkish

    We’ve updated two of our Style Guides – Amharic and Turkish. New versions can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Language Portal Style Guide download page . Style Guides are intended to provide Microsoft-specific language guidelines for major style, tone, grammar, punctuation or other language issues...
  • 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: Dutch Style Guide Updated

    The Dutch Style Guide has been updated and is available for download from the Language Portal Style Guide Download Center . Here is an overview of the changes made in this update: - Guidelines for translation of key names have been changed. - A new section has been added on the translation of wizard...
  • Blog Post: Portuguese spelling reform in Brazil

    On January 1 st , 2009, Brazil started adopting the new spelling rules, defined in the Spelling Agreement signed in 1990 by seven Portuguese-speaking countries. Grammarians estimate that the spelling reform affects 0.5% of the Portuguese (Brazil) lexicon. In Brazil, there will be a 4-year transition...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Phone glossaries: Simplified Chinese, Indonesian, Malay

    If you are developing Windows Phone apps in Simplified Chinese , Indonesian or Malay, you can now find the translations of the user interface and key terminology on the Language Portal Online Search . The terminology includes translations of key Windows Phone UI such as “live tile”, “Marketplace”...
  • Blog Post: New and updated Microsoft Style Guides for 38 languages released

    Hot on the heels of the 5 Windows Phone-specific style guides we posted last week , we are now making 38 updated and expanded international style guides available for download . International Style guides provide general Microsoft guidelines for style, tone, orthography and other language topics....
  • Blog Post: How are we doing?

    The Language Portal ( http://www.microsoft.com/language ) has been available for over a year, now and we would like to hear what you think so far! Is the site helping you in your daily work? What areas do you use most often? What is particularly useful about being able to search for terms...
  • Blog Post: 8 languages added to the Microsoft Style Guide collection

    Another 8 international Microsoft Style Guides for creating and localizing Windows Store and Windows Phone apps are now available for free download on the Microsoft Language Portal . They cover the new languages added for Windows 8 and Office 2013: Belarusian, Central Kurdish, K’iche’...
  • Blog Post: 53 new international Microsoft Style Guides available for download!

    We’ve added another 53 new and updated international localization/translation style guides to the Microsoft Language Portal . International style guides provide general Microsoft guidelines for style, tone, orthography and other language topics. They will help you localize, translate and author content...
  • 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: Danish and Ukrainian Style Guides Recently Updated

    The Danish and Ukrainian Style Guides available from the Microsoft Language Portal were updated recently. In the Danish Style Guide, section 4.1.1.7. Mood has been updated. In Danish some verbs in the imperative form can be mistaken for a noun and therefore we have added an accent acute to the verb...
  • 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: Spelling Reform Topic Updated in Portuguese (Brazil) Style Guide

    The 5 th edition of Vocabulário Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa (VOLP) was published on March 19, 2009, clarifying the points that were obscure in the official text of the Spelling Agreement. In Portuguese (Brazil) Style Guide available on the Language Portal , the topic Portuguese Spelling Reform was...