Microsoft has just upped the ante in terms of browser internationalization efforts, with Internet Explorer 9 topping direct rivals such as the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.
The “found” in translation IE9 now supports a total of 93 languages for users around the world, more than any browser that’s currently available to users running Windows operating systems.
Just on May 25th, the software giant added support for a massive 53 new local languages.
Microsoft provided a complete list of both the new and old languages in which IE9 has been localized so far, included in the screenshot at the bottom of this article.
“A browser in the language of the user’s choice is an important part of delivering the best experience of the Web on Windows. With IE9, our goal was to deliver more languages faster,” revealed Vishwac Sena Kannan and Kevin Luu, Program Managers, Internet Explorer.
“With [this] release, IE9 is available in all languages that Windows Vista is available in and in 93 of 96 languages Windows 7 is available in.”
When it hit RTM, IE9 came in no less than 40 flavors. At that time, Internet Explorer 9 was not really standing out of the crowd, but things have changed dramatically for the browser in just a few months.
Supporting a total of 93 languages, IE9 offers more choice for international users compared to Firefox 4, which has been localized for 86 languages so far.
At the same time, IE9 now plays nice with more than twice as many languages as Chrome 11 (45) and Opera 11 (40). There’s simply no comparison with Safari, with Apple appearing as not even trying, and not carrying for international users since Safari 5 only supports 16 languages, being the epitome of the “lost in translation browser”.