There are more ways than one in which end users can translate Windows 7 into different languages. For some users, Windows 7’s Multilingual User Interface (MUI)
, including Windows Language Packs and Language Interface Packs (LIPs), is the most known way to translate the operating system. Deploying an MUI or an LIP will actually have Windows 7’s graphical user interface display all information in another language than the one that is default to the installation. But there are additional ways to translate Windows 7
, not just elements of the OS but the actual terminology built around the platform.
On the Microsoft Language Portal
, users can find equivalents of English technical jargon in their own language. The Redmond company is essentially offering the Windows 7 terminology for no less than 35 languages. However, the resources available on the webpage span across more than just terminology.
“On these pages you can search our localization glossaries and terminology database for over 90 languages, download style guides, give us feedback on terminology used in our products and find pointers to other languages and localization sites in Microsoft,” a message on the website reads.
Users that will try out the resource will see that the Microsoft Language Portal will not only access the translated versions of the various technical terms used across the operating system, but also definitions of the technologies that they describe. All in all, the page offers an excellent source of insight into Windows, and Windows 7 in particular.
“Following the general distribution release of Windows 7, we made the Windows 7 terminology and UI strings available for 35 languages on the Microsoft Language Portal. This allows any user of Microsoft products to search and discover Windows 7 terms and software translations. Simply enter the English term, your corresponding language and press search,” Microsoft’s Rob Margel
Customers interested in running Windows 7 MUI packs should know that the Multilingual User Interface packages have been available well ahead of the general availability of the operating system.