3 weeks on, IE 8 Beta 2 is now available in an additional 21 languages, bringing the total to 25. As a comparison, as far as I can tell that’s only one fewer than IE 5.5 and 6 were released in, ever. Another sample Microsoft beta, that for Windows Server 2008, is only available in 15.
As one of the l10n team said the other day, it seems that this is another example of us driving innovation even for people who don’t use our product :-) I wonder if they would be doing the beta in that many languages if we hadn’t raised the bar by regularly simul-shipping in 40-something?
All the usual suspects are there, although they seem to be doing a version of Chinese specifically for Hong Kong, which we currently don’t do. Can anyone comment on what might be different about Hong Kong which requires a separate build?