Lights, camera, action!

For everything you ever wanted to know about Windows globalization and localization, or at least for one or two things, you might like to check out this Channel 9 interview. It features Michael Kaplan, whose blog you may know; Jeff Allen, our director of localization services; Alp Turkmen, who is driving our business direction in the Windows international…

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What’s in a name?

Out with the LCIDs, in with the string-based identifiers! Well, mostly. You can still use LCIDs to retrieve data for Windows locales, as before. But as I’ve mentioned here previously, we’ve also introduced string-based identifiers and associated APIs that developers can use to retrieve locale data. One major advantage to using these identifiers is that…

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So I’m ready to test-drive Windows Vista. What next?

Many of our Windows Vista beta testers contact us excited to be test-driving the beta but wondering what to look for. I thought it might be nice to share here the test cases that we give interested beta testers. If you try these test cases and you have feedback for us on any aspect of our…

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Next stop: Antarctica?

A couple of days ago I posted about the Microsoft Locale Builder. But what about the locales that we’re adding new for Vista? A few interesting facts: When Vista ships, it will include locale support for over 130 languages built in as part of Windows locales. The built-in writing system support plus the Locale Builder…

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Languages, regions, locales, oh my!

Michael Kaplan has blogged quite a bit about our release of the Microsoft Locale Builder Beta, the final version of which is planned for use on Vista when it ships. We’re pretty excited about the Locale Builder here for a whole bunch of reasons. Like The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator before it, the Locale Builder makes it…

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