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Microsoft Unveils Four Language-Localized IE7 Betas

Microsoft released Arabic, Finnish, Japanese, and German versions of its still-under-development IE7 Beta 2 browser.

Microsoft Unveils Four Language-Localized IE 7 Betas by GREGG KEIZER

Microsoft released Arabic, Finnish, and German versions of its still-under-development IE 7 Beta 2 browser late Friday, and unveiled the Japanese edition Monday night.

All four versions had been promised when the Redmond, Wash. developer debuted the consumer-ready Beta 2 English edition on April 25.

Microsoft also posted phone support numbers for Arabic, Finnish, and German users on the localized sites available from here; online support, however, is limited to English-language newsgroups (although an Arabic-language newsgroup on IE is accessible from here).

Users writing on the IE team's blog wanted to know why other languages -- Spanish, French, and Chinese in particular -- have been omitted.

"We will provide IE7 in all languages we have for Windows once we ship later this year, including all the languages requested," wrote IE group program manager Tony Chor on the blog. "These beta versions are simply the first ones we have localized and tested. We picked these as representative of some of the different challenges we face as we localize IE."

The final edition of IE 7 for Windows XP is expected to debut in the second half of the year, while the version for Windows Vista will ship when that operating system's unveiled in November for businesses, January 2007 for consumers.

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