As is the case with the Windows operating system, Microsoft is working extensively to make sure customers around the world benefit from using Office 2010 in their native language.

In this sense, just as for Windows 7, the Redmond company offers a number of localized versions of the latest productivity suite.

However, with Office 2010 available only in 38 languages, it is clear that some users might feel like they have been left out.

This is why the software giant is also offering what it refers to as Language Interface Packs or LIPs.

At the end of the past week, the first three out of a total of more than 60 LIPs have already started being offered to customers. More »

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Microsoft has centralized all downloads of language resources for Windows 7 and Windows Vista on a single webpage, simplifying access for end users. Essentially, the Redmond company has put together a centralized hub for downloading additional languages for the successors of Windows XP. Both Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Packs and Language Interface Packs (LIPs) are featured on the “Download languages for Windows” page, along with the necessary links, and additional information for end users.

“You can download and install additional languages to view Windows menus, dialog boxes, and other user interface items in your preferred language. Additional languages will work only with a genuine copy of Windows. Some languages are installed from the Microsoft Download Center, and some are installed using Windows Update. In addition, some languages require a premium edition of Windows or a particular parent language,” Microsoft informed. More »

Over 55 Language Interface Packs (LIPs) are currently available for download free of charge from Microsoft. Language Interface Packs are resources that all Windows 7 users can leverage in order to translate their copy of the Windows client into a second language, do not cost anything on top of the OS, but are inferior in terms of the user experience they provide to Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Packs.

With the MUI packs Windows 7 customers can access complete translations of the platform’s UI, but only whose running Ultimate and Enterprise SKUs can access them for free. And while MUI packs are only available for Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise, LIPs can be integrated into all the editions of the OS, as long as a base language is present.

“Windows 7 will continue to enable the widest range of people across the world to use Windows in their own language by providing Language Interface Packs in over 55 languages. LIPs are built using MUI technology and provide translation of the UI (User Interface) most commonly used by Windows users. LIPs do not require a separate software license.

They are available to downloaded for free and installed on any edition of a Genuine copy of Windows 7: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate,” revealed Stephen L Rose, Sr. Community Manager – Windows IT Pro Client. More »

Microsoft is expanding the language support for the latest iterations of its main cash cows, Windows 7 and Office 2010. Specifically, no less than 59 new Language Interface Packs (LIPs) will be made available. The new LIPs are designed to integrate with both Office 2010 and Windows 7. In addition, the Redmond company will also be providing four new LIP additions for the next generation of its development platform, Visual Studio 2010.

“Allowing for people to use and build software in their native language helps emerging markets build a stronger work force, and ultimately better prepares employees to help grow their local economies,” said Lauren Woodman, senior director of Microsoft’s Government and Education Engagement Programs. Before the new 59 LIPs for Windows 7 and Office 2010 and the new four LIPs for Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft’s offerings included no less than 178 downloads in 67 different languages which already were covered by LIPs and CLIPs for earlier versions of Windows, Office and Visual Studio.

In addition to announcing the new LIPs for Windows 7, Microsoft will also be providing customers with new Caption Language Interface Packs. Customers will be able to leverage a CLIP as a tool tip, the software giant revealed. CLIPS will make it possible for the software’s interface to show terms in a specified language, but also keep the base language in place, whether it is a LIP or a fully localized version. More »