From The Verge.

Apparently, Microsoft has created a new language preferences section in Windows 8.

The language center in Windows 8 will surface all the available language packs and display languages supported in the new operating system. Windows 8 users can then choose to add packs and use them as the display language across the entire OS. Microsoft will offer 109 display languages in Windows 8, 14 more than Windows 7, including a new United Kingdom version of English.

Brits will now see “colour” instead of “color” throughout Windows 8, along with some other key favourites. “This is something we should have done a long time ago,” admitted Microsoft’s Ian Hamilton, recognizing that British Windows users have had to make do with US English in previous versions of Windows.

Microsoft is also extending the support to 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).

You can see a cross sample of those screenshots here…


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