Language versions and language interface packs in Office 2016

Summary: Learn about the language packs and language interface packs that are available for Office.

An installation of Office 2016 can include applications or user interface elements in more than one language because some Office 2016 products are not available in every language.

This article describes the language versions that are available for a subset of Office 2016 applications, the Office 2016 applications that will work with Language Interface Packs, and the recommended base languages to install for Office 2016 Language Interface Packs.

Important

This article describes methods of deploying and managing language packs for versions of Office 2016 that use the Windows Installer (MSI) installation technology, which are available for enterprises through volume licensing. If you have an Office subscription and you're deploying Office 365 ProPlus, which uses the Click-to-Run installation technology, see Overview of deploying languages in Office 365 ProPlus.

Applications and language availability

In some non-English language versions of Office 2016, a specific Office 2016 application may not be available. For example, Access 2016 is not available in Hindi. Therefore, the Hindi language version of Office 2016 is installed in English.

Some Office applications are not available in some languages. Project 2016 and Visio 2016 are available in a subset of languages, as shown in the following table.

Language availability for the 2016 versions of Project and Visio

Language Project 2016 Visio 2016
Arabic
yes
yes
Brazilian
yes
yes
Bulgarian
no
no
Chinese - Simple
yes
yes
Chinese - Traditional
yes
yes
Croatian
no
no
Czech
yes
yes
Danish
yes
yes
Dutch
yes
yes
English
yes
yes
Finnish
yes
yes
French
yes
yes
German
yes
yes
Greek
yes
yes
Hebrew
yes
yes
Hindi
no
no
Hungarian
yes
yes
Italian
yes
yes
Japanese
yes
yes
Korean
yes
yes
Norwegian (Bokmål)
yes
yes
Polish
yes
yes
Portuguese (European)
yes
yes
Romanian
no
no
Russian
yes
yes
Serbian (Latin)
no
no
Slovak
yes
yes
Slovenian
yes
yes
Spanish
yes
yes
Swedish
yes
yes
Thai
no
no
Turkish
yes
yes
Ukrainian
yes
yes

Language Interface Packs

For some languages, Microsoft localizes only some Office 2016 applications and releases them as Language Interface Packs (LIPs). These LIPs localize the user interface only, and not the Help content. Administrators must first install a fully localized base language version (see the table later in this section) of Office 2016, and then install the LIP. Users can then work in their preferred language in the following applications and features:

  • Excel 2016

  • OneNote 2016

  • Outlook 2016

  • PowerPoint 2016

  • Shared Office features

  • Word 2016

  • Skype for Business 2016, but only for the following languages:

    • Albanian: sq-SQ

    • Azerbaijani (Latin): az-Latn-AZ

    • Basque: eu-ES

    • Belarusian: be-BE

    • Catalan: ca-ES

    • Farsi (Persian): fa-IR

    • Filipino: fil-PH

    • Galician: gl-ES

    • Macedonian: mk-MK

    • Serbian (Cyrillic): sr-Cyrl-RS

    • Uzbek (Latin): uz-Latn-UZ

The remaining Office applications appear in the base Office 2016 installation language. The following table lists the base language for each LIP language.

Base languages available for Language Interface Packs

LIP language Base language
Afrikaans
English
Albanian
English
Amharic
English
Armenian
English
Assamese
English
Azerbaijani - Latin script
English
Bangla (Bangladesh)
English
Basque (Basque)
Spanish
Belarusian
Russian
Bengali - India
English or Hindi
Bosnian - Latin script
English
Catalan
Spanish
Dari
English
Filipino
English
Galician
Spanish
Georgian
English
Gujarati
English
Icelandic
English
Irish - Gaelic
English
Kannada
English
Khmer
English
Kiswahili
English
Konkani
English
Krygyz
Russian
Luxembourgish
French
Macedonian (FYROM)
English
Malayalam
English
Maltese
English
Maori
English
Marathi
English
Mongolian - Cyrillic script
English
Nepali
English
Norwegian (Nynorsk)
Norwegian (Bokmål)
Odia
English
Persian (Farsi)
English
Punjabi (India)
English
Quechua (Peru)
Spanish
Scottish Gaelic
English
Serbian - Cyrillic script
Serbian (Latin)
Serbian - Cyrillic script (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
English
Sindhi (Pakistan)
English
Sinhala
English
Tamil (India)
English
Tatar
Russian
Telugu
English
Turkmen
Russian
Urdu
English
Uyghur
Chinese (Simplified)
Uzbek - Latin script
English or Russian
Valencian
Spanish
Welsh
English

For information about how to obtain the LIP you need for your deployment, see Download language packs, language interface packs, and proofing tools for volume license versions of Office.

Plan for multilanguage deployment of Office 2016

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