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Submission + - Multilanguage Windows 8 Doesn't Equal OS X

markfeffer writes: "Microsoft doesn’t make too big a deal out of Windows 8’s multilanguage support, which is probably smart considering that OS X has worked with more than one tongue for a decade. The Windows 8 approach works well enough, once you get through the install. Someone in Redmond seems to have decided it was OK to get the multiple-language package running through a mono-lingual process – as in one language, not two. In other words, if you want to install the Japanese version but you don’t read English, you’re out of luck. You’ll have to guess your way through the installation, then guess your way through the control panel settings until you’re able to, you hope, change the language. Once you’ve gotten through all that, you’ll have to restart the system. No big deal, except you won’t know it, because the dialog box is in the very language that you can’t read. It just feels like another episode of Microsoft coming in with too little, too late."
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Submission + - Tech Workforce Slams Microsoft's H-1B Proposal (dice.com)

markfeffer writes: "The other day, we posted this story: "Microsoft wants to increase the number of H-1B visas by 20,000, bringing the total up to about 105,000 a year, and to raise the cost to about $10,000 a head from $2,800. The new proposed visas would go solely to STEM workers. Under Microsoft’s plan, the higher fees would produce $5 billion to be invested in U.S. STEM education over the next 10 years.

The company is also urging Congress to take advantage of 20,000 unused green card visas each year, and reallocate them to workers with science and technology skills."

Businesses like the idea. Tech workers really, really hate it."

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