Language Functionality of SharePoint 2010

January 9, 2012

SharePoint 2010 offers language packs that when installed allow for site and site collection creation in various languages without separate SharePoint installations.  However, there are reported errors when trying to make the language packs work on top of Windows 7.  A workaround is provided here in, “How to install SharePoint Server 2010 Language Packs on Windows 7.”

The blogger suggests:

When trying to install SharePoint Server 2010 Language Packs on top of Windows 7 you might receive the following error – ‘Setup is enable to proceed due to the following errors: this product requires Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 …’ – to work around this you can use the same procedure with the language pack installation files as the one outlined for the normal SharePoint installation on Windows 7.

Instead of struggling through language packs and error messages, we wondered if there were easier multi-national alternatives available in the world of third party enterprise.  One solution that seems like a great alternative is Fabasoft Mindbreeze.  Based in Austria, Fabasoft caters to a multi-national and international audience, which has created a product line devoted to quality, usability, and style. 

Note the following from the Mindbreeze product description:

Mindbreeze has a user interface that is available in 18 languages.  We want all users to be able to enjoy the Fabasoft Mindbreeze Enterprise interface in their native language.  Whether Bulgarian, German, English, French, Croatian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Czech or Hungarian – Mindbreeze is as international as your business partners.

Instead of adapting an English solution to meet additional language needs, users might save time and anguish by adopting a solution that is created to meet a variety of language needs.  If your organization is in the market for a multi-national enterprise solution, give Mindbreeze a second look and see if it might meet your needs. 

Emily Rae Aldridge, January 9, 2012

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