Microsoft has announced a new application localization solution called Microsoft Application Translator (MAT). From the MAT FAQ: “Microsoft Application Translator (MAT) provides on-the-fly translation of applications’ User Interface (UI) from one language to another. Using MAT, you can run applications in your preferred language.” Info (and links to the FAQ and beta application) at http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/mat.mspx.

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  1. whew, at first I thought this was like changing XAML to MXML to XUL and stuff, but it’s actually a help for localizing standard UI text strings within applications.
    I wonder what the tradeoffs are… slower startup from reading external localization files? Not sure. It seems like only common, anticipated UI strings may be mapped — that if you have a menu item named "Resort Address File" then it may stay in the original language.
    Interesting stuff, thanks for the link.

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