Unicode in Windows 2000

Russ Rolfe - Microsoft Corporation

Intended Audience: Manager, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Marketer
Session Level: Beginner

This paper describes the new globalization features shipping in Windows 2000, especially those related to Unicode. The first part describes the new scripts, languages and locales supported, especially the new and improved support for the languages of South Asia, the Middle East and the countries of the former Soviet Union.

The Second part of the paper covers the integration of the language support into a single worldwide binary and shows how we have provided features such as the MultiLanguage UI, which would be difficult or impossible without the Unicode support already present in the OS. One feature to be demonstrated will be how the same multilingual input and display is available across all language versions of the OS.

We will also show that through the global deployment of a single binary operating system, the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) can be reduced. In conclusion, we will explain why we believe integral and pervasive Unicode support is necessary to building a truly global and modern operating system

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