Internet Explorer 9 Now Available in 93 Languages


Internet Explorer 9 is now available in more local languages than any other browser on Windows. Today, we released support for IE9 in 53 additional languages, making IE9 available in a total of 93 languages:

Bar chart showing language availability of five browsers. IE9, 93; Firefox 4, 86; Chrome 11, 45; Opera 11.0, 44; Safari 5, 16.

Please visit the Worldwide downloads page to download IE9 in a language of your choice. Here’s the complete list of languages Internet Explorer 9 is available in, starting with the originally released 40 and followed by the 53 new languages in blue:


Arabic Lithuanian Bengali (India) Malayalam
Bulgarian Norwegian (Bokmål) Bosnian (Cyrillic) Maltese
Catalan Polish Bosnian (Latin) Maori
Chinese (Hong Kong SAR) Portuguese (Brazilian) Filipino Marathi
Chinese (Simplified) Portuguese (Portugal) Galician Nepali
Chinese (Traditional) Romanian Georgian Norwegian (Nynorsk)
Croatian Russian Gujarati Oriya
Czech Serbian (Latin) Hausa Persian
Danish Slovak Icelandic Punjabi
Dutch Slovenian Igbo Quechua
English (US) Spanish (Spain) Inuktitut Serbian (Cyrillic)
Estonian Swedish Irish Sesotho
Finnish Thai isiXhosa Setswana
French Turkish isiZulu Sinhala
German Ukrainian Kannada Tamil
Greek Vietnamese Kazakh Tatar
Hebrew Albanian Khmer Telugu
Hindi (India) Afrikaans Kiswahili Urdu
Hungarian Amharic Konkani Uzbek
Indonesian Armenian Kyrgyz Welsh
Italian Assamese Luxembourgish Yoruba
Japanese* Azerbaijani Macedonian
Korean Basque Malay (Brunei Darussalam)
Latvian Bangla (Bangladesh) Malay (Malaysia)

* Japanese language support released on April 25, 2011

A browser in the language of the user’s choice is an important part of delivering the best experience of the Web on Windows. With IE9, our goal was to deliver more languages faster. With today’s release, IE9 is available in all languages that Windows Vista is available in and in 93 of 96 languages Windows 7 is available in.

Installing Internet Explorer 9 in a language of your choice

You can install localized versions of IE9 in a language that matches your version of Windows or choose to install the English version of IE9, which works with all versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Users on multi-lingual versions of Windows or users who have already installed IE9 English or one of the previously supported languages can install a language pack to experience IE9 in one of the new languages released today. Please visit the Microsoft Download Center pages below to download IE9 language packs.

IE9 through Windows Update for the 53 new languages released today

We will start offering IE9 to customers in one of the 53 new languages starting next week via the Automatic Update feature of Windows Update. As described earlier, we will offer IE9 via a gradual rollout and expect the rollout to be largely complete by the end of June.

IE9 language packs will also be available as an optional update via Windows Update to help users who have IE9 installed and one or more Windows Language Interface pack in the 53 new languages available today.

More Languages, Faster: From IE8 to IE9

With IE9, our goal was to deliver more languages faster. More specifically, our goals included the simultaneous release of final IE9 in more languages than IE8, and a shorter interval between the final release of IE9 and the remaining languages.

Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer 9
  • 3 Languages for Beta 1, 25 Languages for Beta 2
  • 25 Languages for Release Candidate
  • Simultaneous release of 25 languages at general availability
  • 63 languages on Windows Vista and XP for general availability
  • 33 languages for Beta
  • 40 languages for Release Candidate
  • Simultaneous release of 39 languages at general availability
  • 93 languages for general availability
  • 14 weeks from general availability to remaining languages
  • 11 weeks from general availability to remaining languages

Customizing IE9 using IEAK9

With this release, IEAK9 now supports building custom IE9 packages in all 93 languages. IEAK9 is a tool used to simplify the creation, deployment and management of customized IE9 packages. You can download IEAK9 from http://ieak.microsoft.com. Please see the TechNet site for information on using IEAK9 to build custom IE9 packages.

Thank you for using IE9 in a language of your choice, and we hope you will enjoy this release as much as we do!

—Vishwac Sena Kannan and Kevin Luu, Program Managers, Internet Explorer

Updated chart of languages by browser to show Opera 11.0 with 44. Other minor corrections. —Ed.

Comments (44)

  1. Pino says:

    This is very nice for people speaking those languages of course, but when I look at the download page it says these new languages are "providing a translated version of only the most widely used dialog boxes, menu items, and help content", I wonder how much has actually been translated then?

  2. Nate Smith says:

    This is great to see!

    I did notice that many language packs are only available in 32-bit editions. Is there a plan to provide 64-bit versions of those languages? Thanks…

  3. Jorge says:

    :O! awesome to see Quechua in the list, many people in my country will thank you! :D

    Best regards from Peru! :D

  4. Björn says:

    Fun fact: There are more than 2 Microsoft employees for each speaker of Inuktitut (language of certain Inuits in Canada).

  5. Mozillian says:

    53 of these IE 9 are partially translated language packs,  "Windows 7 Language Interface Packs (LIPs) provide a translated version of the most widely used areas of the user interface."  

    Mozilla provides 86 fully translated versions of Firefox so the comparison is not entirely honest here.

  6. JustMe says:

    I thought you will include a spell checker with those language packs.

  7. hdmi says:

    great to see some windows ultimate extras come to light

  8. MohammadMicrosoft says:

    great

    Persian Support :)

    Thanks Microsoft :)

  9. Vishwac [MSFT] says:

    @Pino: For languages under "Additional display languages", all UI elements is translated except for developer tools, script error messages and group policy settings.

  10. Ali says:

    Thanks for persian support please add x64 support for 7 and vista in persian UI

  11. ieblog says:

    Regarding requests for localized versions of 64-bit Internet Explorer: We recommend all users run the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 9 on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

    There are two major reasons for this recommendation: (1) most add-ons are available only for 32-bit and (2) IE9's new Chakra JavaScript engine JITs only in the 32-bit version; 64-bit IE9 always runs JavaScript in interpreted mode resulting in slower script execution.

  12. Ali says:

    as you can see in this page

    http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx

    there is only one download for LIP in persian and that is

    IE9-Windows6.1-LanguagePack-x86-far.msu

    which can install on X86 version on windows but i can not install this for IE 9 on windows 7 x64

    i already have the LIP for Windows 7 x 64 but it does not apply for IE9 and that language pack you release today for the IE9 only apply for the IE 9 on x86

    but i can not install it on x64 version of windows.

    thanks.

  13. Gabe says:

    *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Awesome! 93 Languages and it still can't set the .innerHTML of a Table or a Select list – quality EPIC FAIL!

    *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

  14. sinhalaya says:

    Sinhala support! awesome guys…

  15. MEMarathi!! says:

    Marathi support is awesome, I will ask my grandpa to read this now… LOL… thanks ie!! U rock

  16. NP says:

    IE has two input languages that are controlled independently. This is too bad and confusing. One input language for the address/search bar and one for the Website. So, if I search in another language from the address bar, I have to change the lagnuage and then if I need to type in another language in the Webpage itself I need to change the input language yet again. And if I change it  bac to English and go to the address bar to perform another search, I find that I had only changed the input language for the webpage text entry and not that for the address bar, making me do yet another input language switch. Confusing! and Ttoobaddly designed.

  17. another anon says:

    Too bad IE 9 doesn't speak Windows XP.

  18. IE9 is slow says:

    A site like http://www.rolandgarros.com/ or http://www.wimbledon.org is extremely slow to scroll and navigate with IE9 on Windows 7 with hardware acceleration active. Why is that?

  19. Klimax says:

    Rolandgarros is bit slower, but wimbledon works well. I suggest to check drivers and any application accessing/using GPU. Both can kill performance.

  20. salumbella says:

    marvellous mordern technology!

  21. harold says:

    What are the download ratios of the custom versions?  Any time I've traveled abroad the locals have all used the English version of the browser for simplicity.

    I realize the need to have the localized option for those that want it but I'd have to guess that this is only a slim percentage of the overall install base.

    Any stats on the language breakdown?

  22. Miguel WebDeveloper says:

    IE fails in the following JavaScript based calendar.

    dev.base86.com/…/vista-like_ajax_calendar_version_2

    Need some help! (Only works in compability mode)

  23. ieblog says:

    @Miguel: The problem with the calendar on that site looks like the createElement problem (see msdn.microsoft.com/…/ff986077(v=VS.85).aspx). This was a change made in IE9's standards mode to make createElement conform to the W3C standard.

    The IE9 Compat Inspector catches this bug (see ie.microsoft.com/…/Default.html).

  24. Tony Ross [MSFT] says:

    @Miguel: The quickest path to fix the page is to update to the latest version of MooTools.

    Note that although the IE9 Compat Inspector will correctly identify the issue in this page, the "Verify" step won't work because the page replaces the native JSON object with a custom one. I'll look into making the tool handle this type of override more gracefully in the future.

  25. Craig McPheat says:

    Good work on the CSS3 support on newer releases of IE, I'm looking forward to rolling them out on http://www.craigmcpheat.co.uk

  26. The Revenge of XP says:

    IE declines to 54% this month according to the site Microsoft refers when showing market share. (marketshare.hitslink.com/browser-market-share.aspx). IE will drop below 30% and become irelevant for not supporting Windows XP. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the "good" browsers for more and more people now.

  27. Lance says:

    @The Revenge of XP: unfortunately linear decay is unlikely, it will of course continue to decay, just slow down and form some long tail. It will also be an increasing number of fragmented versions of IE due to Microsoft's unwillingness to implement automatic upgrading behind the scene for consumers as the default (independent of windows upgrade, with an option to turn off by companies or the small percentage of users who would) or make windows upgrades not obnoxious enough people eventually turn it off.

  28. Gérard Talbot says:

    @Vishwac Sena Kannan [MSFT] and Kevin Luu [MSFT]

    "More languages"

    Having IE9 translated into more languages does not mean that each of such translation is good or excellent or up to par or that it is ideal or that each of such translation has been reviewed by independent professional translators.

    One example among hundreds related to French translation I could find: how to (dis)/(en)able javascript support in IE. I have read about this and seen this many times on the web.

    http://www.libellules.ch/browser_javascript_activ.php

    90% of such error is the fault of (imputable to) Microsoft: its GUI and its translation. By providing a poor interface, poor explanations and poor wording, people end up assuming that javascript support is controlled by such "script ASP" buttons.

    "language support"

    Every time Microsoft or [MSFT] software engineers talk about "support", "full support", "complete support", they should be talking first and foremost about how they measure such support, test+verify, control such support: "Is such support claim backed up by an expert independent party?" should easily be a first question to ask yourself. Self-proclaiming "support" or "full support" does not mean much if there is no continuous process of correcting and improving such so-called "complete support". And that's true for not just IE9 language support but almost anything Microsoft publishes on the web and releases in the market. That's not just true for IE9 language support but also true for security claims, CSS 2.1 support, javascript support, DOM support, HTML5 support, etc.

    Just because Microsoft has a connect IE beta feedback system for tracking bug reports does not necessarly mean that it is a good bug tracking system or that it has an improvement process. Just because Microsoft has an IE blog does not necessarly mean that it is a good one.

    Gérard Talbot

  29. Gérard Talbot says:

    How to (dis)/(en)able javascript support in IE?

    3 more examples of how the translation in French by Microsoft lead people to think they can do this:

    maboite.qc.ca/activation_js.php

    http://www.livepages.fr/…/ie7JavaScript.html

    forum.pcastuces.com/ie7__activer_desactiver_rapidement_javascript_-f6s30503.htm

    It is extremely easy to verify that such sort of mistake – again I insist – created by Microsoft own translation and IE GUI lead people (and tips & tricks websites) to think they can enable or disable javascript with checking/unchecking "Scripts ASP".

    Gérard Talbot

  30. asdf says:

    Where's lojban support?

  31. Trekkie says:

    Where's Klingon support?

  32. Mark K says:

    If you need a spell checker for IE, http://speckie.com

  33. Björn says:

    @asdf: You want Lojban support as a response to Firefox support for Esperanto? ;-)

  34. Aethec says:

    Is there any way we can report the (numerous) translation mistakes in IE and other Microsoft products, like the ones @Gérard Talbot pointed out?

    I was doing a robocopy tutorial in French and noticed that some options' descriptions are so badly translated there is no way to understand what these options do.

  35. Björn says:

    Translations are generally a problem, that's why I prefer to use Software in English.

  36. PhistucK says:

    @Aethec -

    I believe you can report them in Connect. It is just as bug as any.

  37. hello!!! says:

    i came here just to say that i hate ie and i hate microsoft!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Sunil says:

    When you hate IE why you on IE blog, I hope you are not using windows, office etc.

  39. jabcreations says:

    There are a LOT of IE9 visitors to my site who are running around in IE7 mode. What I'd like to see is how to effectively override that and force IE9 to render with IE9's IE9/standards mode.

  40. Sorry JAB says:

    Sorry @JAB Creations – your site still continues to be the ugliest site I can find in 2011.  I have no idea if you have any valuable content on your site because it's 1998 styling makes by eyes bleed and makes me want to run away.

    I'm afraid no one will take you or any of your comments seriously until you redo that website completely – sad but true.

    If you have the skills to "be hired" you are losing business by using that site as your calling card.

    Gord

  41. what does gord have? says:

    JAB has a lot to show for his skill, what do you have gord other then showing up almost two weeks after this blog was posted and only four hours after JAB posts with no intention only to put others down?

  42. DT says:

    Wait, how can you say that Gord posting 'only' four hours after JAB is suspicious when you posted only 10 minutes after he did?

    Back on topic, I thought that the IE mode selection meta tag blocked the user from putting the site in compatibility mode (aside from it being forced through the debug tools)?

  43. PhistucK says:

    @JAB Creations -

    Your home page (jabcreations.com) loads in "IE9 standards" mode for me.

    If you see users that have a different mode, it could be an administrative setting that made all of the websites load in such mode to prevent enterprise web application issues.

    (And since you are a web designer looking for jobs, maybe recruiters (and such) are looking through it, which correlates with the aforementioned explanation.)

  44. wafsd says:

    This blog post is getting a little long in the tooth. Can someone on the IE team comment on the (prospective) UI for IE 10 that is appearing in the various videos for Win 8? It is unlike any other browser UI I've seen.