Microsoft Office 2013 adding more language features

As we await the launch of Office 2013, with rumors suggesting it will be made available to the public on March 31, Microsoft says it wants to expand the support for its productivity software suite to even more people across the world.

In a post on the Office blog, Microsoft has announced that Office 2013 will add three new localized Asian languages (Indonesian, Malay and Vietnamese). The blog says:

This means that the User Interface (UI) and User Assistance (UA) content will be available in these languages across Office--including Lync--and as a Language Pack for SharePoint Server 2013.   These new language versions will be available to consumers to buy in 2013 and to enterprise customers as part of our Multilingual User Interface or MUI packs.  Alongside the Office Client a dedicated site in the local language will provide more help and tools for making the most of the new Office.

In addition to the new localized languages, Microsoft will also include Language Interface Packs for 13 more languages. This will allow more people to access local UI in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote in Cherokee, Belarusian, K'iche', Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Punjabi, Scottish Gaelic, Sindhi, Tigrinya, Uyghur, Valencian, and Wolof (sorry, no Klingon). That means Office 2013 will have some kind of support for 106 languages around the world.

Microsoft will also add some more language-based and vocabulary features in Office 2013, including spell checking inside Outlook subject lines, a thesaurus feature for PowerPoint and grammar checking in OneNote.

Finally, Microsoft has added new features to its Language Auto-Detect in Office 2013 that will be made available for 50 languages when the final version is released. Microsoft says:

Imagine that you have an English version of the new Office installed on your PC, but want to write a document in Portuguese.  As you start typing your content in Portuguese, Language Auto-Detect will now recognize that you are writing in Portuguese and that you don't currently have the Portuguese proofing tools installed.  A pop-up message appears inviting you to download complimentary proofing tools for that language.  Minutes later, you can continue writing with full support to check your spelling and enrich all your Portuguese documents.

Source: Office blog | Image via Microsoft

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What did you say about my mother!? For your information her feet stank cause she works in manure all day, but it's still the best damn Starbucks in Glasket.

I really feel that Office 2013 is too flat of a design. Need more pop to find anything on it. Off Topic but I don't think it will be a popular talk on here.

I've been using the RTM trial for a while now, and I actually like the flatter design better now (using the light grey mode instead of white). It's a lot cleaner and focuses more on the content (which is what the new UI is all about).

I find it remarkable that the launch is (presumably) so far away. It is so compliant with the Windows 8 UI that it really feels like a missed opportunity/feature. I was hoping to hold off installing Office 2010 for the release of 2013 but had to bite the bullet yesterday. It feels like going back to the stone ages.

You should do what I have been doing and installed the 2013 Office Preview. I have been using it for awhile, and it's pretty slick.

I don't think it's that far away, I'm sure it's going to be later this month (instead of later this year as this article states). Try the Office 365 Home Premium trial... it's really awesome and FAST!

I've been running the RTM bits since they became available via TechNet (and MSDN) and it's simply the best performing version of Microsoft Office Microsoft has released - period. What's even scarier is that the x64 version (only their second on the Windows side of things) is not only NOT an afterthought, but actually takes advantage of x64 - even in low-memory environments. (Note that I am referring specifically to Office 2013 - the non-cloud traditional version.) As long as you are running Windows 7 (or 8), THIS is the Microsoft Office you SHOULD be running.

I have to agree; I thought Office 2010 apps opened quickly, but 2013 is even faster. And I love the instant formatting view when you move around pictures and margins. The text adjusts while you're moving them!

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