Skip to main content

Microsoft Adds UK English, Easy Switching Between Languages to Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8 operating system will come with U.K. English version as display language option for addressing customers in the UK, Ireland, India, South Africa and also Australia where this version of the language is extensively used.

Windows 8 will have 13 new language interface packs (LIPs). These new languages are installed on the top of the standalone Windows display language, stated a program manager in Microsoft's Windows International Team, Ian Hamilton. These LIPs contain various localized elements of user interface for those Windows features that are mostly used.

On the official Building Windows 8 blog Hamilton also stated that users will get the option for installing multiple display languages and also switch between them.

"We admit that this is something we should have done a long time ago", Hamilton said. "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.", he added

Microsoft has decided to offer English for UK customers as standalone language which will be containing all components of user interface required for Window's independent versions. Hamilton commented that, "Standalone languages can be used by OEMs to image a PC, or can be purchased as boxed software."