Windows Virtual PC Release Candidate available now!

The Release Candidate for Virtual PC has been released for the following languages: English Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) French German Japanese Korean Spanish Virtual PC will allow you to run multiple Windows environments, such as Windows XP Mode, from your Windows 7 desktop. You can find the download here and find more information on the Virtual…


Using Microsoft Language Detection for multi-lingual customer feedback

  We talked about Microsoft Language Detection in this blog before, and how it can be used to validate correct localization of resources and text files.     Another application of the new Extended Linguistic Services (ELS) is the analysis of customer feedback. During Windows 7 beta, we received beta bugs from customers all over…


Enable Multilingual user to use Vista on preferred language UI

I have some ESL (English as Second Language) friends. Very often the question I have asked is: “How could I enable my Mom use my computer? She does not know English? Well it is quite challenge to buy localized OS in the market here in United States” Well, it is true that not many localized OS…

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Windows 7 Release Candidate available in multiple languages

Windows 7 Release Candidate is now available for download: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx   The download is available in the following languages:   ·        English ·        German ·        Japanese ·        Spanish ·        French   You can find out more about what’s new in Windows 7 here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/whats-new.aspx


Windows Application Quality Cookbook is now available for download

The Windows Application Quality Cookbook familiarizes developers and test engineers with how to verify the compatibility of their applications with Windows 7. The document is available to download here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Windows7AppQuality/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=1734 Some of the International relevant topics covered include: ·        Removal of Windows Mail (CoStartOutlookExpress is deprecated) ·        NLS Sorting changes ·        High DPI Awareness ·       …


Case Study – Using Extended Linguistic Services (ELS) for Language Detection

Introduction In the international Testing world, we are facing a variety of challenges. One of them is to ensure correctness of localization files in the target builds. The builds matrix is huge as a result of the large number of languages we are localizing into, the big number of SKUs, and architectures. Furthermore, there are…

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Application Compatibility Testing – International

The following blog post contains a great summary of the work that we are doing to improve the International Application Experience for Windows 7: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/03/09/application-compatibility-testing-international.aspx The article covers the following areas: Overall International App Compatibility Strategy Approach to International App Compatibility Application Acquisition Testing Applications Measuring our Success What it means to “Rescue An Application”


How to Use Microsoft IME to Input East Asian Characters

Japanese To get the Japanese string “今日は医者に行く” (Today, I go to Doctor), do the following. 1.      Invoke Notepad and activate Japanese IME by hitting [Alt]+[~] or using input mode button on Language Bar. 2.      Input reading by roman input mode.Type following à [k][y][o][u][h][a][i][s][h][a][n][i][i][k][u]You’ll get hiranaga string “きょうははいしゃにいく”Romaji-Kana Correspondence Chart is available on Japanese IME Help. …

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Introduction to East Asian Writing Systems and IMEs

Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writing systems all offer some interesting complexities not found in Latin writing systems. Latin based languages (English, German, French, Spanish, etc.) are represented by the combination of a limited set of characters. Because this set is relatively small, most languages have a one-to-one correspondence of a single character in the set…

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Testing in Multilingual Environments – Windows Server 2008 Application Test Framework

Testing in multilingual environments – Windows Server 2008 Application Test Framework   The Microsoft Certified for Windows Server 2008 Application Test Framework contains the following test cases to ensure that applications execute appropriately in multilingual environment:     For Unicode Compliance Applications   TC1.5.1 Support successful installation on any language of OS under any system…