Windows 8 language explorer screen shot leaks

The leaks from Microsoft continue on as another shot of Windows 8 has landed on the Internet. This time there is an image showing the new language explorer feature that will be included in the next version of Windows.

This latest image comes courtesy of Canouna and shows that you can now sort languages by name, region, or writing system. Although this image is new, this feature has been in the builds of Windows 8 all the way back to M1. It would appear that Microsoft is going to support more languages out of the box rather than having to download languages updates like in Windows 7. But, the additional languages could be included in these early builds for testing purposes only and may not ship with the final product.

This latest leak adds one more small update to the others that we have already seen including an updated taskbar and a new 'Aero Lite' theme. Microsoft is expected to ship Windows 8 sometime during 2012 with another rumor suggesting retail availability in early January 2013.  

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because "Language" is the first word in the "sentence".

I Guess Microsoft Don't Write Like This With All First Letters In The Words Capitalized

I wonder why the "explorer" isn't capitalized in the title bar, is this common in English versions of Windows. Worried about the up-button too

If they are putting it back or allowing configuartion of putting it back I will be happy.

The Up folder button was one of the things I missed most in Vista and 7... I still have trouble to this day getting around as fast as I used to with the list system. It is slower and requires me to click and move the mouse more. Good for new users, but it sets back the old faithful users.

I just hope that we see more of the table version of the UI and not the regular PC desktop. Leaked my ars... I'm sure they don't mind as we are not seeing anything significant or something we have not seem before, keeping them alive in the mind and ears of the masses whistle we wait for the next version to crop up. I think I will get in on the previews and early release this time so I can give feedback. IE9 Beta was fun to provide feedback...

SuperHans said,
YES! more boring Windows 8 screenshots.

-.-

why didn't you just skip the whole newspost then?
You don't HAVE to read everything posted here.

I'm hoping this ties in with some kind of spell checker built into the operating system, which any application can utilise. That would be awesome, in my opinion.

Good god I hope they remove that hideous 'up' button... you don't need one when you can just click the breadcrumb and go further up the tree with just one click.

cleverclogs said,
Good god I hope they remove that hideous 'up' button... you don't need one when you can just click the breadcrumb and go further up the tree with just one click.

I agree. It's ridiculous that anyone got confused by the breadcrumb bar, even average users.

Callum said,

I agree. It's ridiculous that anyone got confused by the breadcrumb bar, even average users.

Sadly, it was the old time 'techies' that got and are confused by it more than average users...

thenetavenger said,

Sadly, it was the old time 'techies' that got and are confused by it more than average users...


i disliked the Vista explorer quite a bit, but Win7 is as good as it gets when it comes to layout. Maybe only the treeview could be more like XP's IMO.

Rudy said,
How often do people change the system language really?

Not often from what I've seen. But often I do need to change the keyboard between RTL and LTR languages.

Rudy said,
How often do people change the system language really?

Right now, some people have no concept that other languages are inherently available, because they offered in various ways, to be 'installed' instead of a cute Control Panel App.

Regarding your question...
Depends on where you live, there are a lot of households with people sharing computers that prefer different languages, having different native tongues.

There are also a lot of multi-langauge users that do change between languages depending on what they are doing on the computer.

In the USA, not so common. In Belgium - English, Dutch/Flemish, French, German being used in one house or even by one user is fairly common.

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Also this screenshot is not about switching languages, it is about installing the language packs easier.

It is and has been very easy to flip between languages on the fly in Windows. (This only applies to Windows NT based OSes, as Win9x only had limited unicode support.)

Rudy said,
How often do people change the system language really?

The issue to me with Windows is that while I prefer the OS in English someone else might prefer it in Dutch. On Mac OS X this isn't a problem at all since you can easily set the system language on a per-user basis by dragging languages to the top in System Preferences. When you restart an application (note not the entire OS) it will use the new language you have set.

On Windows 7 this is still impossible and even on supported versions the process of changing the language is pretty tedious compared to Mac OS X. You have to download and install a language pack that will replace many system files. This means the changes are applied system-wide instead of on a per-user basis. Not to mention the Windows Install DVDs are being sold one language at a time. There is no official way for me to convert my English Windows 7 Home Premium DVD to an English one as far as I know. Only if I own Ultimate or Enterprise, which to me seems utterly insane.

Edited by .Neo, Mar 14 2011, 1:14pm :

.Neo said,

The issue to me with Windows is that while I prefer the OS in English someone else might prefer it in Dutch. On Mac OS X this isn't a problem at all since you can easily set the system language on a per-user basis by dragging languages to the top in System Preferences. When you restart an application (note not the entire OS) it will use the new language you have set.

On Windows 7 this is still impossible and even on supported versions the process of changing the language is pretty tedious compared to Mac OS X. You have to download and install a language pack that will replace many system files. This means the changes are applied system-wide instead of on a per-user basis. Not to mention the Windows Install DVDs are being sold one language at a time. There is no official way for me to convert my English Windows 7 Home Premium DVD to an English one as far as I know. Only if I own Ultimate or Enterprise, which to me seems utterly insane.

you havent used windows 7 at all?
Windows 7 only needs a relog before the language becomes effective. And they are per user base. My welcome screen is still in Dutch, my administrator user is in dutch, but my own account is all in english.

native language can be confusing to users, especially the noob ones, they think their info stuff might be in C:\Gebruikers\ while its not. Some applications/installers list it as C:\users\ which is quite confusing and theres a few more quirks like that. Hope they improved all this.

It'd be nice if they added a good chunk of languages to the UI for all versions of it so you don't have to get the top tier ones like Win7.

bogas04 said,
up directory button confirms its legitimacy

yeah, whats up with the up button, MS got rid of that a couple versions ago as "confusing for users"....

bogas04 said,
up directory button confirms its legitimacy

Even in the Win7 beta it was a freak show that the 'technical' people were confused by the bread crumb address bar, yet the non-technical people easily figured out clicking the folder name in front of the current folder would go 'up' one folder without a dedicated button for the same feature.

There were long time 'geeks' in the Beta that seriously wanted explorer to look and work as much like Windows 3.1 file manager as possible, never realizing there are better ways to do things.

The idiocy of 'old time geeks' always seems to amaze me, especially since I am an old timer myself, yet I enjoy letting go of crap that is no longer necessary. It is sometimes easier to convert 'old timers' by showing them how they can use SQL like syntax in the search box than it is to get them to rethink the need of traditional file system structures.

Seriously, folder and tree structures have no real relevance and really needs to just die.

neufuse said,

yeah, whats up with the up button, MS got rid of that a couple versions ago as "confusing for users"....


Glad to see it back, at least as optional

DARKFiB3R said,

Glad to see it back, at least as optional

What for? You already have that function implemented. Just click on the previous folder in the address bar.

KavazovAngel said,

What for? You already have that function implemented. Just click on the previous folder in the address bar.

On small screens with windows side-by-side and with long folder names or deep hierarchies, not enough of the breadcrumb is visible to quickly go back 3 or 4 levels. It boils down to personal preference. Thinking that there should only be one way to do something is the Apple mentality.

thenetavenger said,

Even in the Win7 beta it was a freak show that the 'technical' people were confused by the bread crumb address bar, yet the non-technical people easily figured out clicking the folder name in front of the current folder would go 'up' one folder without a dedicated button for the same feature.

There were long time 'geeks' in the Beta that seriously wanted explorer to look and work as much like Windows 3.1 file manager as possible, never realizing there are better ways to do things.

The idiocy of 'old time geeks' always seems to amaze me, especially since I am an old timer myself, yet I enjoy letting go of crap that is no longer necessary. It is sometimes easier to convert 'old timers' by showing them how they can use SQL like syntax in the search box than it is to get them to rethink the need of traditional file system structures.

Seriously, folder and tree structures have no real relevance and really needs to just die.

I agree with you on everything but your last point. I still find a lot of value in the folder and tree paradigm. It remains a good way to organize.

bogas04 said,
up directory button confirms its legitimacy

Hmm. Sigh.

I'll admit this particular version of the Up button looks nicer and crisper than the first one seen, but I'm confused- the Neowin article about the aerolite.msstyles file screenshot DIDN'T have an Up button- confusing much?

>:- (

Tangmeister said,

Hmm. Sigh.

I'll admit this particular version of the Up button looks nicer and crisper than the first one seen, but I'm confused- the Neowin article about the aerolite.msstyles file screenshot DIDN'T have an Up button- confusing much?

>:- (

in the comments from that article it said that screenshot was taken under windows 7, it confused me at first 2 because i couldn't see a difference between it and my system (windows 7 sp1)

Skwerl said,

I agree with you on everything but your last point. I still find a lot of value in the folder and tree paradigm. It remains a good way to organize.

Same thoughts here...

GS:ios