RE: MS Language Packs

From: Lori Brownell (
Date: Mon Aug 11 1997 - 22:29:25 EDT

I can't guarantee what you are requesting since I don't own the Beta
list, however, I will forward the UTC members names to our Beta
coordinator as possible Beta sites.

We are fully committed to providing the multilingual support that I
described. We will be demoing this at our upcoming PDC. The vast
majority of this support is already in the product and will be available
to any Beta sites that receive our NT5 Betas. I encourage anyone that
will receive the NT5 Beta to actively test this functionality and report
bugs because it is true that the earlier bugs are reported the more time
we have to fix them.

Thanks - Lori

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Glen Perkins []
> Sent: Monday, August 11, 1997 9:55 AM
> To: Multiple Recipients of
> Subject: Re: MS Language Packs
> At 10:43 AM -0700 8/4/97, Lori Brownell wrote:
> [snip]
> >NT5 will provide you full multilingual capabilities. You will be
> able
> >to run any, or all, of the FE IMEs on any language version of NT5.
> This
> >will not require you to purchase or download anything additional.
> >Everything that you need will be on every language version of the NT5
> >CDs.
> >
> >Lori Brownell <>
> >Senior Program Manager - Windows NT
> >Microsoft Corp.
> Lori,
> Could you make sure that all the UTC members (incl. alternates) are on
> the list of beta testers? (Any one who is willing to be, that is.) How
> about making them alpha testers?
> Since I'm *not* a UTC member, this is only self-serving in the sense
> that I would really like this multilingual support to work as promised
> from the very first NT5 unit shipped. Having seen i18n features thrown
> overboard, like so much ballast, by MS in the past (unicode in Win95,
> for example), I'd really like to avoid hearing "well, there were some
> problems that we couldn't adequately address at the last minute, so we
> decided to wait and ship it as part of NT 5.1, due out in a year or
> two...." The sooner those problems are found in the beta (or alpha!)
> cycle, the lower the probability that they will end up on the
> "deferred"
> problem list when you finally decide that the time has come to ship
> the
> product.
> If just seems to me that a fully Unicode-based OS, with real
> implementations instead of just stubs behind its text APIs, C, J, & K
> fonts and good input systems included on *all* versions, and the
> ability
> to run any localized version of any app on any version of the OS just
> sounds too wonderful to be true.
> I'd like to see this promise kept, but the fact that I have *never*
> heard this promise included in the laundry list of upcoming NT5
> features
> touted in the trade magazines makes me wonder how high on MS's list of
> priorities it is, and how willing to jettison it they might become
> when
> it comes time to ship. Finding the problems sooner rather than later
> might increase its chances of survival.
> Thanks,
> __Glen__

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