Extended Language Support for IE8 and Windows Vista
Article by George Norman
On 04 Jun 2009
Redmond-based software developer Microsoft may have released the final and stable version of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) onto the web for a couple of months now, but this is not to say that work on making the browser globally available has been completed. In order to reach this goal Microsoft must make IE8 available in as many languages as possible, and that is precisely what the development team behind IE8 is doing.

Back in April, International Program Manager, Vishwac Sena Kannan, announced to the world that Internet Explorer 8’s language support increased to 43 languages, with 20 new languages in the works. It is the same Vishwac Sena Kannan that has now announced the much awaited 20 new languages have been added to IE8 – this means that IE8 now provides support for a total of 63 languages.


“We are pleased to announce the availability of Internet Explorer 8 in 20 additional languages today,” said Vishwac Sena Kannan. “Internet Explorer 8 is now available in a total of 63 languages! Please visit our Worldwide sites page to download Internet Explorer in your preferred locale/ language.”

Original IE8 language support: Arabic, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified and Hong Kong), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Additional languages added back in April: Bulgarian, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Latin), Catalan, Croatian, Estonian, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovakian, Slovenian, Thai, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. The language packs are available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

The 20 new languages added now: Albanian, Assamese, Basque, Bengali (Bangladesh), Bengali (India), Gujarati, Indonesian, Indonesian, Kannada, Kazakh, Konkani, Kyrgyz, Malay (Brunei Darussalam), Malay (Malaysia), Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Uzbek (Latin). All these languages are available for Windows Vista x86 (32-bit); some languages are not available for XP x86.

If you would like to get Internet Explorer 8, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Internet Explorer 8, a download location is available on the Worldwide Sites page here.

Microsoft also enhanced the language support for its Vista operating system with the launch of 3 Nigerian Windows Vista Language Interface (LIP) Packs: Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

If you would like to get Hausa Vista LIP, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Igbo Vista LIP, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Yoruba Vista LIP, a download location is available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Internet Explorer 8, IE 8, Language, LIP, Vista, Nigeria
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