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Windows 8 Will (Finally) Include Support for UK English

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Something to cheer up your grey day.

Microsoft has been talking a lot about Windows 8 recently, and this week is no different. The company yesterday laid out the details for language support with the newest iteration of Windows and there's definitely some improvements.

Redmond has said it's going to be ditching the "local-market feature" approach that it's been taking with Windows up until this point. Instead, with Windows 8, anyone will be able to install any language they like via a new languages preferences section that enables you to find and download all display languages.

Microsoft's Ian Hamilton said in a blog post yesterday the Windows 8 will have a total of 13 new language interface packs (LIPs) that will allow users access to commonly used Windows features in Scottish Gaelic, Punjabi, Uyghur, Cherokee, and many more languages. What's more, for the first time ever, there will also be an option for UK English.

"We admit that this is something we should have done a long time ago," Hamilton wrote on the Windows blog. "Windows users in the UK have gotten by with the US English version of Windows, and while we Americans knew this was not their favourite, that is clearly no defence."

Users will also be able to switch easily between more than one language. Hamilton gave the example of users in the U.S. switching between English and Spanish and said that though computers in the U.S. had shipped with both languages before, the user had to pick their preference at the beginning and stick with it. According to user feedback, the desire to not only hold onto both language preferences but also the switch between the two was strong. All told, Windows 8 will offer 109 display languages. In case you were wondering, Windows 7 supported 95.

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    billybobser , February 23, 2012 7:39 AM
    Hopefully I can also print a basic calender starting on sunday using publisher, without having to convert my system to completely US.

    Seems odd really, as they offer other language variants but neglected the easiest one of all, English.

    A welcome improvement to take care of the small annoyances associated with not having it.
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    randomizer , February 23, 2012 7:59 AM
    Keep in mind that this isn't a complete translation. The key phrase is "commonly used Windows features." Anything that doesn't fall into that category will still be in US English (or whatever the "parent" language is for that LIP).
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    Evil_Geddy_Lee , February 23, 2012 8:58 AM
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    luc2k , February 23, 2012 9:02 AM

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    teodoreh , February 23, 2012 9:30 AM
    My Amiga supported infinite number of languages - even Klingon with localize. But hey, that was back in 1992!
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    godnodog , February 23, 2012 9:44 AM
    Well I am surprised, I never noticed this, because there are, for example 2 Portuguese language options), the standard european version and the brazillian version for a long time now, and the standard portuguese version has by far a smaller potential market than the brazillian market, yet we´ve beeng given this choise since, if i´m not mistaken, Windows 95.
    How I understand the english being annoyed for having to use the Us version, how I understand.....
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    Yuka , February 23, 2012 10:39 AM
    Was about bloody time, mate!

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    back_by_demand , February 23, 2012 10:59 AM
    At last, now we don't have to use a bastardised version of the language where words like "Colour" are missing letters through no other reason than what seems like pure laziness.
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    dirtyferret , February 23, 2012 11:27 AM
    now if we can only get everyone to speak english in the states
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    coreym72 , February 23, 2012 11:29 AM
    Dear Helpdesk,
    Look Mate... The Telly went on the blink.
    sent via mY Phone

    RE: Dear Helpdesk,
    Sorry Ol' Chap but that is a Blue Screen of Death.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2012 11:55 AM
    Ireland English was always available which is virtually the same as UK English, could they not just rename it to Ireland/UK English
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    freggo , February 23, 2012 12:11 PM
    Hope y'all will include Texan too now!
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    pacioli , February 23, 2012 3:00 PM
    I read the title and wanted to add my own Anglicized version of common windows terms here in the comments...

    Apparently I wasn't the only one...
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    keyanf , February 23, 2012 3:51 PM
    Colour me surprised...
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    Usersname , February 23, 2012 4:13 PM
    Double-click then right-click any word in any app in osx and you can instantly access the Oxford English Dictionary (or numerous other data sources). It is beautifully elegant.
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    joefx69 , February 23, 2012 5:28 PM
    Hahaha UK English?!!

    You mean ENGLISH
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    jhansonxi , February 23, 2012 5:50 PM
    Why can't the English speak English like the rest of us Americans? :D 
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    lathe26 , February 23, 2012 5:52 PM
    I agree that the UK pronounces words like aluminum correctly and I'm fine with having different words for the same thing (truck vs lorry, hood vs bonnet, trunk vs boot). These make the language richer by making word-play jokes and poetry rhyming possible.

    However, having similar words that with superfluous letters that add nothing should be removed from the English language. These merely complicate things and have no value. Ex: old vs olde, shop vs shoppe, while vs whilst.
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    Usersname , February 23, 2012 6:01 PM
    jhansonxiWhy can't the English speak English like the rest of us Americans?
    Excluding the indigenous people, it's not just the speaking, Americans can't spell or speak English properly.
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    Usersname , February 23, 2012 6:08 PM
    lathe26 Ex: old vs olde, shop vs shoppe, while vs whilst.
    Olde and shoppe are fictitious and have never been correct even in Britain, while whilst is quite another matter.

    Face it. They simply can't talk proper, like.
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