New Language Support

Just recently, we added two new markets to the IM Control and Messenger Library. The languages that we added, namely Hebrew and Arabic, are unique in that they are the first right-to-left languages we have supported. For developers that have handled globalization before, you probably recognize the unique challenges associated with right-to-left languages. Not only do words flow from the right to left, but usually all visual markup is reversed as well to assist the speakers of these languages.

To try the IM Control for these markets, please visit:

Note that your operating system must support these languages in order for them to be displayed properly. For the complete listing of languages and markets supported, please visit the IM Control Parameter Reference page. As always, your continued feedback is appreciated.

Steve Gordon
Lead Developer
Windows Live Messenger & Contacts Web Platform