Microsoft unveiled new and easier way to get languages in Windows 8

Languages - Windows 8

Microsoft unveiled a new and easier way to install additional display languages in Windows 8 — according to the company it’ll be easier than in current versions of Windows.

The software giant has built a new preferences section in Control Panel called — you guessed it —  Languages that will be the “one-stop” place to find, set and download all the supported languages in Windows 8. The goal and the benefit is that Windows 8 users with the need to install additional languages will not have to jump around websites, Microsoft Download Center or Windows Update in order to get a language pack.

Language added - Windows 8

Another benefit for users is that the language on the PC will no longer need to be considered when it comes the time to choose a model to buy. Also users will be able to switch between languages back and forth in their accounts or create a new account with a different language.

Language Options - Windows-8

Microsoft will support an additional 14 new display languages in Windows 8, bringing a total of 109 display languages, including a new English version for the United Kingdom. The company is adding 13 other countries, including Punjabi (Pakistan), Sindhi (Pakistan), Central Kurdish (Iraq), Uyghur (People’s Republic of China), Belarusian (Belarus), Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), Tigrinya (Ethiopia), Tajik (Tajikistan), Wolof (Senegal), K’iche’ (Guatemala), Scottish Gaelic (United Kingdom), Cherokee (United States), Valencian (Spain).

While these packages remain different in how they’re installed, users don’t need to understand those differences. Language preferences in Control Panel is the one place where they’ll go to get new Windows display languages, and it handles download and installation seamlessly. — Ian Hamilton Customer Connection Program Manager at Microsoft says.

This is a new move from Microsoft is to target new emerging PC growth in different parts of the world, and providing native language version of Windows for over 4.5 billion people is one way to stimulate sales.

Source Building Windows 8 blog

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