Under Regional Options of the "Regional and Language Options" control panel
applet, I've got English (U.K.) Selected, followed by Location "Japan".
However, apart from the annoyance of receiving all email based communication
in Japanese from various MS Services, there appears to be a bug with Windows
Live Messenger. For example, I can as you suggest, login via IE to www.live.com
, and everything appears in English (great!). However if I do so
via Windows Live Messenger, it all goes pear-shaped and I'm back to
Surely, the simple addition of a Language of choice option within the
account preferences, would resolve this matter very simply and at the same
time (as an incentive) also probably open up new revenues of advertising
opportunities for MS that other companies aren't currently doing....
"Jonathan Kay [MVP]" <msnewsreplies@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Greetings Steven,
> Although some of the Live sites use geolocation by IP to determine you're
> in Japan, most of sites and services utilize the locale information in
> your Windows Live profile:
> As such, if you change your locale to say an English speaking country,
> you'll see English:
> Jonathan Kay
> Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Messenger
> MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
> MessengerGeek Blog: http://www.messengergeek.com
> Messenger Resources: http://messenger.jonathankay.com
> (c) 2008 Jonathan Kay - If redistributing, you must include this signature
> or citation
> "Steven" <svaardt@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> What determines which Language character set used by Windows Live ? As a
>> English speaker resident in Japan, I find that I always get Windows Live
>> emails, logins, Hotmail, etc in Japanese... which is a really tiresome.
>> Surely it should be possible to opt for a language of preference ?