Tired of checking Windows updates and then updating language packs then Microsoft doesn’t want to repeat how it rendered language packs as in Windows 7 and for this Redmond is releasing upcoming Windows OS i.e Windows 8 in 109 languages.In a blog post on MSDN, Microsoft reveals that they have now separated language packs from Windows Update and introducing new Language preferences in Control Panel itself which would show you installed languages along with the one’s enabled and keyboard layout on the system.
Language preferences is the one place to go to add or change display languages, input language, and other functionality.
– Ian Hamilton, Program Manager, Windows International Team
In addition to separation thing, UK English is now standalone language in Windows 8. As Ian Hamilton explains – We admit that this is something we should have done a long time ago. 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. We believe that this version of Windows will also be widely used in India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and many other places.
Currently with one standalone language and 13 new Language Interface Packs i.e LIPs Windows 8 would now come in 109 languages.Some of the LIP’s include 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) and Valencian (Spain).