The Windows 7 blog from Microsoft recently posted information on new “global” features for the next version of Windows (which would be Windows 7). Most of the focus in terms of fonts is on languages from South Asia (India in particular) and Southeast Asia (including Lao and Khmer fonts).

Microsoft is also announcing enhancements for displaying Arabic script characters and a new Font control panel (which now include a font preview). Microsoft is also releasing pilots of new localization features.

I suspect a lot of people either skipped Vista or returned to Windows XP, so it is worth mentioning that Vista had already included substantial additions in its font and locale repertoire including Ethiopic support and several Indian languages.

I’ve heard a few good things about Windows 7 through the grapevine, so I am crossing my fingers. I will be anxious to test it in the Penn State environment.

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