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May 30 2011   8:54AM GMT

IE9 Available in 93 Languages

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Internet Explorer 9 is now available in more languages than any other Web browser on Windows. Microsoft released IE9 in an additional 53 languages, bringing the total to 93–seven more than Firefox 4.

Being American, it is easy to take English for granted. When I get new software–whether it’s the latest release of Windows, an update for iOS on my iPhone, or a new Web browser, I assume it will be in English. And it is.

However, for billions of users around the world, English is not the native language. In many countries, English is still used to some extent, and users may be familiar with it, but that doesn’t mean they are fluent in it, or comfortable using it.

I think the number of native languages is sort of a silly thing for browsers to compete on, so I won’t focus on that aspect. I do, however, think it is important for users to be able to use software in their native tongue, or at least a language they are fluent in, to ensure they fully understand the features and controls and can use the software more effectively.

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