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This content will help you understand the issues associated with developing international versions of your application, and discover the rich set of tools at your disposal to deal with issues that surround the programming and deployment of multi-language, multi-cultural, and multi-site scenarios that are occurring more and more in our increasingly interconnected world. By making your application world-ready, your business can tap into emerging markets for increased revenues—and be more effective and productive.

Get World-Ready

Guidelines and best practices for dealing with global software development.

Globalization Step-by-Step

Detailed articles to help application developers understand what it takes to "globalize" an application.

API References

API documentation related to globalization and internationalization.

Technical Reference

Information about keyboards, languages, locales, codepages, and other necessary information to enable international features of Windows family operating systems.

World-Ready Software example

This application and source code sample, designed for Windows 2000 and Windows XP, demonstrates the different aspects of software globalization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find answers to common questions over a broad range of internationalization, globalization, and localization topics.

Tools and Utilities

Tools for developing and testing world-ready applications.