Office Watch

Office 2013

Office Mobile / iPad

Office 2010

Office 2007

Office 2003

Office XP

Office for Mere Mortals

Access

Email

Buying Office

Office 365

Winks

Office News Wire

Join us!

Our Ebooks

Mobile | PDA

RSS


Search

Command Finder


Microsoft Office Bookshop

About

Home




Office 2010 language packs

The details (and lack of) about add-on languages for Office 2010.

by Office Watch

Bookmark and Share

  | Mobile | click for more article services     


You can buy additional languages (proofing and interface) for Office 2010, however details are sadly lacking.

Getting Office language packs was once a tiresome and difficult process. The packs were sold, at high prices, by a third-party company. They were hard to find, order and install. If you were scared off Office language packs in the past, you might try again now.

For more recent versions of Office, Microsoft has streamlined the whole thing and brought it in-house. Language Packs can be purchased for these language groups:

  • Arabic
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Bulgarian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kazakh
  • Korean
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Ukrainian

The price has dropped considerably from the bad old days, now anyone can buy and download a language pack for just US$24.95, sometimes cheaper. At time of writing the Traditional Chinese pack was on sale for US$9.95.

As we’ve noted before, not all languages have all Office features. Microsoft has a table setting out what is available for each language.

The full set of Office features is only available for English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

It would be worth checking the details before purchasing a language pack because there’s quite a bit of variation and exceptions. Sadly the online product descriptions are fairly useless. Microsoft uses the same boilerplate text to describe each language pack (in English only) with only the last word changed to match the language.

Office 2010 - same product description for each language pack image from Office 2010 language packs at Office-Watch.com

It’s not clear which language variations are included in each language pack. For example the Spanish language pack presumably includes the variations for Spain, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Chile etc but there’s nothing in the product description to tell you.

It would be nice if someone at Microsoft could spare the time to ensure that the product descriptions for each language pack are accurate and relevant to that language. A short description in that language would also seem appropriate, in addition to English.

 

Only Office 2010 language packs are now available.  Office 2007 language packs were withdraw from sale, for no good reason, in mid-2011.

Article posted: Thursday, 08 December 2011

there's more ...

If you liked this article you'll LOVE our new ebooks.

Office 2013: the real startup guide

OFFICE 2013: the real startup guide Everything you need to know about Office 2013 but Microsoft won't tell you.

How to save money, install, configure and use the new features in Office 2013.  Get it today - click here.

Windows 8 for Microsoft Office users

Windows 8 for Microsoft Office users A practical guide the new, changed and unfamiliar in Windows 8

A focused and unvarnished look at Windows 8, especially written for the many people who use Microsoft Office  Get it today - click here.

ORGANIZING OUTLOOK EMAIL - tame your Outlook 2010 Inbox

100+ pages of practical tips and help to streamline, automate and search your Inbox.  Get more than you ever thought possible from Outlook.  Read it today - click here.

More from Office Watch:



Article Services sponsored by: Office Watch Ebooks - available now to download and read today.
RSS feed for this category Subscribe

Translate | Mobile | Links
 Add to: Bookmarks | | DiggThis | Yahoo! My Web


New & Popular
» Microsoft’s commitment to Office beyond Windows
» Which character code is that?
» How Word’s grammar check can let you down
» One Terabyte of OneDrive is here
» What is Microsoft Delve?
» Use the latest Unicode symbols in Office


Office Watch, Office for Mere Mortals, Access Watch and all titles used within the publications are Copyright © 1996-2014 Office Watch.
Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Powerpoint and doubtless many other names are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

Search  |  Sitemap |  Popular Topics | Privacy Statement |  Advertising |  Twitter |  Feedback / Contact Us
Office Watch is definitely not affiliated with Microsoft - and that's just one reason why we are so useful to Microsoft Office users around the world J (Erko).