Contextual spelling for French in Office 2010

At the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans on 13 July 2009, we announced the launch of the Office 2010 Technical Preview. This technical preview can now be downloaded by thousands of customers. You can discover the innovations on the Office 2010 blog and watch really cool videos on www.microsoft.com/office2010. My colleague Stefanie Schiller wrote…

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Proofing Tools in Office 2010

On Monday this week, Microsoft launched the Office 2010 Technical Preview.  Thousands of customers can now download this latest version of Office to try out the cool new features and provide feedback. Updates and Replacements The Technical Preview includes proofing tools for English as well as for French and Spanish. We are delighted to announce…

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Why is chef-d’œuvre my favorite French word?

  In this post, I would like to share with you the reasons why I love the French word chef-d’œuvre (=masterpiece). My interest for this word has nothing to do with its meaning. As a program manager working with computational linguists, I find it fascinating because it epitomizes the numerous difficult decisions one has to…

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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac now supports the French spelling reform

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac was released this week. Users who are interested in the French language will notice a change in the French spell-checker, which now takes into account the French spelling reform, which is recommended by official bodies such as the Académie Française, the Conseil Supérieur de la langue française, the French Ministry…

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The French spelling reform in the Canadian press

  For readers who are interested in the French spelling reform, two very recent articles published in Canadian newspapers in Montreal a few days ago discuss the penetration of the spelling reform, its slow but increasing adoption by teachers and the press, in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and France. Both articles, which quote Chantal Contant from…

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'Old' vs. 'New' Spelling in French: A new Speller based on the French Spelling Reform

A few months ago, we released a brand-new French spell-checker for Office 2003 users (it was integrated into Service Pack 2 in September 2005). One of the main features of this new tool was that it now takes into account the French spelling reform, which is recommended by official bodies such as the Académie Française,…

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