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 »

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 »

Developers can easily leverage Silverlight on multiple platforms nowadays, including the upcoming version of Windows Compact Embedded (Windows CE). However, there are a few differences that need to be taken into account, as far as the client-side version of Silverlight and the Windows Embedded Compact 7 flavor are concerned. First off, Silverlight for the Windows client uses managed code, including C# and Visual Basic. This is not valid for Silverlight for Windows Embedded, which is designed to use native code (C++). At the same time, the latter is not sandboxed, meaning that developers can enjoy access to all the APIs and resource on the device.

“Silverlight for Windows Embedded is a native code (C++) UI framework that enables a new designer/developer paradigm that will dramatically improve the user interfaces on devices and the time and cost needed to deliver a differentiated experience. More »

There are more ways than one in which end users can translate Windows 7 into different languages. For some users, Windows 7’s Multilingual User Interface (MUI), including Windows Language Packs and Language Interface Packs (LIPs), is the most known way to translate the operating system. Deploying an MUI or an LIP will actually have Windows 7’s graphical user interface display all information in another language than the one that is default to the installation. But there are additional ways to translate Windows 7, not just elements of the OS but the actual terminology built around the platform.

On the Microsoft Language Portal, users can find equivalents of English technical jargon in their own language. The Redmond company is essentially offering the Windows 7 terminology for no less than 35 languages. However, the resources available on the webpage span across more than just terminology.

“On these pages you can search our localization glossaries and terminology database for over 90 languages, download style guides, give us feedback on terminology used in our products and find pointers to other languages and localization sites in Microsoft,” a message on the website reads. More »

Microsoft released the Multilingual User Interface Packs for Windows 7 RTM on August 25th 2009 via Windows Update. At the end of the past week, the direct download links for the Windows 7 RTM MUI Packs were also made public, allowing all users to grab the releases. Of course that not all Windows 7 users will in fact be able to take advantage of the MUI Packs. When it comes down to Windows 7, Microsoft went with the same strategy as for Windows Vista.

In this regard, only the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 are capable of integrating the Multilingual User Interface packs, just as it was the case with Vista’s Enterprise and Ultimate SKUs. Windows 7 Enterprise is of course available only to volume licensing customers with Software Assurance, while Ultimate is the high-end edition of Windows 7, and the most costly.

The MUI Packs allow end users to install more languages than just one in Windows 7 and to have the operating system’s graphical user interface be tailored for each specific additional language. The general strategy for Microsoft is to serve the MUI Packs as optional updates via WU to just Enterprise and ultimate users of Windows 7. But for those who want to grab the Windows 7 MUI Packs themselves, the direct download links are now available both for the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) flavors of the operating system. More »