Posted by: kurtsh | July 17, 2006

INFO: Windows Vista to support 130+ languages

Apparently, at least count we have 130+ languages enabled in Windows Vista.  This makes Windows Vista, obviously far and away the most impactful piece of software ever created in terms of globally understandable reach, impacting hundreds of millions of people.
This is not everyone however.  There are many dialects and locales that differ enough from one of the 130+ languages roots that a signficantly different user interface should be used for clarity.
Fortunately, by giving customers the tools that we are going to be providing for free when Vista releases (Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator and Microsoft Locale Builder), we are going to make Windows linguistically accessible for >90% of the world’s literate population – that’s over 3.5 billion people. (And that’s a conservative estimate!)
And Windows Vista’s global linguistic reach extends not just to the operating systems interface, but also to other OS components & software applications such as:
  • Internet Explorer 7.0
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Office 2007
  • Windows Live Mail Center
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Live Messenger


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