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Windows 8 Adding More Language Options

Microsoft will be providing users with more options for preferred languages in Windows 8.

The news, which came in a Building Windows 8 blog post, discussed that the new version of the OS will allow for custom languages to be downloaded from one source, no matter what region you buy the software on the Windows machine.

"This means that the language of the PC no longer needs to be a major consideration when deciding on which model to buy," wrote Ian Hamilton, a program manager for the Windows International team. "If the language you want is not preinstalled on the PC you like, you can now install the one you want."

In the past, custom language downloads were divided between Microsoft's Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center. If you couldn't find the desired language in one location, you would have to search the second location.

With Windows 8, language options will be located in the Control Panel. A user will only need to click on the "Add a language" tab, scroll to the desired choice and select it in your custom language list. The control panel will then alert users if the language is available to download.

Along with simplifying the process of adding desired languages, Microsoft will add an additional 14 languages, for a total of 109 available language choices.

The new languages will include: Valencian (Spain), Punjabi (Pakistan), Sindhi (Pakistan), Central Kurdish (Iraq), Scottish Gaelic (United Kingdom), Cherokee (United States), English (United Kingdom), Uyghur (People's Republic of China), Belarusian (Belarus), Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), K'iche' (Guatemala), Tigrinya (Ethiopia), Tajik (Tajikistan) and Wolof (Senegal).

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Chris Paoli is the site producer for Redmondmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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