More International Support in Mango

Just in case you missed it, Mango, the next version of Windows Phone will be even more internationally enabled.   Support for East Asian languages At Mix 11, support for East Asian languages was announced. This has come about by a modified implementation of the Metro design layout. To accommodate the bigger size of East…


Web Matrix World Ready

WebMatrix has generated a lot of interest. It is a free tool that allows you to create, customize and publish websites. It’s easy to use, supports multiple platforms and the tool is free from Microsoft. You can download it from www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix. Since our blog mainly focuses on the international features of Microsoft products, I started…


WR Series: Windows Forms Localizability and Localization

This week Garrett McGowan, a Senior PM from the Developer Division GDX team, provides background information on Windows Forms Localization and Localizability concepts, including the use of Auto Layout techniques. The video includes a live demo showing the concepts being used in practice, through the creation of a fully-localizable sample application using Visual Studio. We…


Some Thoughts on Initializing Silverlight Culture Properties

In his post Introducing xml:lang in XAML Mike Hedley discussed how that property plays an important role in linguistic services on WPF and Silverlight.   If there is one take-away, it is that allowing it to default to “en-US” could have unintended consequences, to the point of severely limiting your application’s usefulness for non-English speaking users,…


What is the First Day of the Week, Really?

If you are interested in a history lesson, try this lengthy explanation. Actually, it is quite fascinating. If you are trying to make sure you app works worldwide, take a look below. Can you imagine if software like Microsoft Exchange did not take this into consideration? I think it would be pretty confusing as far…