- What’s the difference between WSS Language Packs and MOSS language Packs?
- WSS Language Packs are for WSS stand-alone installations and enable the creation of SharePoint sites in different languages; multiple language packs can be installed on the same server.
- MOSS Language Packs are for MOSS, MOSS for Search, Forms Server, and Project Server installations and enable the creation of SharePoint sites in different languages; multiple language packs can be installed on the same server.
What’s the difference between a MOSS Language Pack and a fully localized version of MOSS?
Microsoft’s 2007 Office server products are localized into languages in two different ways:
- fully translated SKUs and
- Language Packs.
A language-specific SKU delivers the respective Office server product localized into a given language. A Language Pack may be applied to an installed Office server product to create sites or site collections in other languages. Application of a Language Pack will not change the language of the installed Office server product SKU, or the language of the admin features.
How does a customer license them?
MOSS Language Packs can be downloaded and installed on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 servers free of charge. If the Language Packs deployed fall within your “listed languages” then your Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard and Enterprise CALs license your desktops/devices for those Language Packs. If Language Packs deployed fall outside of your “listed languages” then you will need to consider modifying your CAL to a multi-language option (for Select/Open agreements) or an “all languages” option (for Enterprise Agreements).
What’s the pricing?
There is no cost for MOSS Language Packs; however, there may be additional CAL costs associated with licensing for languages outside your listed languages.
More information about deploying MOSS Language Packs can be found at the Microsoft TechNet site. The following TechNet articles relate to MOSS Language Pack deployment:
I heard that there are issues related to specific server language packs. What is this about?
For certain languages (Arabic, Hindi and Thai), spellers were not included in either the fully localized version of MOSS or the MOSS Language Pack. (Spellers for Basque and Galician are also absent from the Spanish MOSS and Spanish MOSS Language Pack). These spellers, as well as instructions for installing them, will be made available to customers via the MOSS Server Multi-Language Pack (SMLP). The SMLP will be downloadable from the Microsoft Download Center and MVLS/eOpen web sites. The SMLP is expected to be available towards the end of May 2007. Note: while a customer can obtain any MOSS Language Pack or the SMLP free of charge, they are not necessarily licensed to use all of the languages. They should consult their listed languages for more clarification on which languages they are licensed to use.
More information about language pack availability: Estimated release timeframes for SharePoint 2007 Language Packs
(Source: Additional information about WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 Language Packs)