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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...
19 Jan 2012
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...
19 Dec 2011
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...
22 Aug 2011
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...
9 Aug 2011
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...
15 Oct 2010
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...
8 Nov 2008
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...
29 Sep 2009
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...
21 Jan 2009
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”...
19 Jun 2012
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....
18 Aug 2011
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...
12 Aug 2009
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’...
9 Sep 2013
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...
14 Sep 2011
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...
2 Jan 2009
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 220.127.116.11. 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...
27 Feb 2009
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...
31 Oct 2008
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...
23 Jul 2009
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