Users running the high end editions of Windows also get the premiere language treatment from Microsoft.
The Enterprise and Ultimate SKUs of Windows allow them to access the complete collection of linguistic resources that the Redmond company offers, enabling their OS to be translated in a wide range of languages.
Just head over to the “Download languages for Windows” webpage that the software giant set up to get an idea of the languages that are available for Windows 7 and Windows Vista either as Windows Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Packs or Language Interface Packs (LIPs).
No less than 33 MUI Packs are served directly to Windows Enterprise and Ultimate customers through Windows Update, with LIPs offered for download, provided that the copy of the platform is in the required base language.
At the same time, the vast majority of customers are treated as second class citizens, with access permitted to a single language.
In the context in which Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional are the editions of choice for end users and business customers, the fact that they are refused access to additional language resources should change in the future.