Living in Italy has certainly made me more aware of different languages, especially when it comes to computers.
When I ordered a Dell a few years ago, my Windows 7 machine came with the Italian version. For me to switch it to English would require an upgrade to Windows Extreme, something that I wasn’t willing to do. It worked out okay, as I learned new Italian words.
Can you imagine your entire OS being in another language?
Thank God for recognizable icons — LOL!
I recently made the switch to Apple, and setting my system to English was easily taken care of as I set it up and would be as easy as a few mouse clicks to change it again, if I pleased.
Thankfully, for Windows 8 users, they have seriously streamlined the language pack installs. I’m not sure why they’ve made them installs and not packaged it in, nor am I positive if the multiple languages will be available for download for every version. I think it would a smart move if they did.
None the less, the pain of switching up the language on Windows 8 has been improved, great news to those living abroad or missionaries who purchase a computer while overseas.
Another notable mention for Windows 8 is the addition of the UK English language pack. At first blush, it seems foolish. But as my kids attend English class and learn how different the UK type of English can be, along with editing ChurchMag posts written by those from the UK, there are plenty of differences in our languages and I’m sure those in the UK will be happy to start using Windows 8 in UK English.
[via ars technica]