By Matthew Wade
Arabic language pack for high end consumer version of Windows Vista
Microsoft has released an Arabic language pack for its Windows Vista Ultimate OS. This offering accompanies the roll-out of 18 other language packs, bringing the total number of packs for use with its Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) to 35.
Windows Vista Ultimate - the highest-end consumer version of Microsoft's latest desktop operating system - enables users install multiple languages on their system and quickly switch between these by associating a system language with their login name.
Microsoft reckons MUI is particularly useful in multilingual homes where multiple people use a single computer and choose different languages for their primary use. Its team believe that people learning a new language also find MUI useful.
"We are aware of a very large number of customers who have purchased Ultimate for this feature specifically and are gratified that these customers can now realise the full benefit of Windows Vista Ultimate," said Barry Goffe, Microsoft's director of Windows Ultimate, this week on the Windows Ultimate official blog.
In addition to these 19 new Language Packs, Microsoft has also updated a component in the language pack installation process called lpksetup.exe. This addresses previous issues which some customers experienced with language pack installations and the firm recommends interested users download and install this first from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942903
Google also this month improved the language support of one of its own products, by boosting the linguistic prowess of its iGoogle homepage, www.google.com/ig.
iGoogle now supports 13 new languages - including Arabic - bringing the total number of supported languages to 42 and the total number of country domains supported to over 70.
iGoogle is a personalised version of the Google homepage that lets a user select the content that matters to them most from across the web and arrange it in a way that they find useful.