The Microsoft Glossaries
have now been renamed as the Microsoft Translation Glossaries
, which makes clearer what they are. And I am delighted to say that people or companies with an MSDN
subscription can now download the latest versions from the Microsoft Developer Network
web site. Here's how to find them:
- Sign in to MSDN using your username and password.
- Click on MSDN Professional Downloads and Product Keys.
- In the left pane, click on Tools, SDKs and DDKs.
- Scoot down the list in the left pane until you see Microsoft Translation Glossaries.
I would like to thank the various individuals at Microsoft who have been very helpful about this. I won't embarrass them by naming them, but they know who they are. It is very easy to think of a large company like Microsoft
as some sort of anonymous monster, but actually there are real people working there, and they are often very helpful and eager to be responsive. Guys, thank you.
And what is this stuff? The Microsoft Translation Glossaries
, also known as the MSDN Glossaries
, are the translation memory of Microsoft software products released in 77 languages. These glossaries contain the user interface materials in English plus the target language. For localization companies, this information is crucial. We need to know what the Windows Vista user interface says, for example, in Italian when a user clicks on "Add Network Printer