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  • 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: 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: Windows Live beta “Wave 3” – Give us feedback on translations!

    Beta versions of the new “Wave 3” Windows Live applications (Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and many more) are now available in 16 languages* from http://download.live.com . But we need your help to ensure that the terminology meets your expectations. So we’ve opened a terminology...
  • Blog Post: Help us figure out how to translate “charm” and “app” in Windows 8

    We are starting the work to figure out what we should call Windows 8 user interface terms such as “ charms ”, “ apps ”, “ snapped apps ” or “ thumb keyboard ” in international versions. You can now have a say in what we call all this in Chinese Simplified , Japanese , German and French (more languages...
  • Blog Post: Help us translate “charm” and “speed bump” in Windows 8 – for 23 languages!

    A few weeks ago we asked speakers of Chinese Simplified, Japanese, German and French help us translate the planned, new terminology in Windows 8. We got some brilliantly creative suggestions and insightful comments that will help us get the language experience just right in Windows 8. We are now looking...