IE9 Bests Firefox 4, Chrome 11, Opera 11 at Language Support
Article by George Norman
On 30 May 2011
The latest and greatest version of the Microsoft-developed Internet Explorer (IE9) web browser is IE9 which was rolled out as a final, stable version this March. It brought with it a new and sleek interface, faster JavaScript performance, HTML5 support, the option to pin sites to the taskbar, and several other bits and pieces (check out this article if you don’t know what IE9 has to offer).

The news is that IE9 has managed to best its competition, mainly Firefox 4, Chrome 11, Opera 11 and Safari 5 – best the competition as far as language support is concerned. Microsoft has recently announced that IE9 now provides support for a grand total of, wait for it, 93 languages. Firefox 4 provides support for 86 languages, Chrome 11 for 45 languages, Opera 11 for 44 languages, and Apple’s Safari provides support for a mere 16 languages.

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Support for 53 languages has been added to the existing 40 languages, bumping the total number of supported languages up to 93. IE9 users can wait for Microsoft to offer them IE9 in one of the new languages via Windows Update, or they can get IE9 in the language of their choice from the IE9 Worldwide Downloads Page here. Users who are on a multilingual version of Windows and have IE9 in English (or one of the previously supported languages) can get a language pack to experience IE9 in the newly supported languages – language packs for Windows Vista and Server 2008 here, for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 here.

“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,” explained Internet Explorer Program Managers, Vishwac Sena Kannan and Kevin Luu.

In the list below you can view all the languages IE9 provides support for. The red ones are the 40 languages IE9 already provided support for, the blue ones are the 53 new languages IE9 provides support for.





Tags: Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Browser, Windows Update, IE9
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