Yes, it's been a while. Since I've last blogged, we've shipped Vista and I've gone on a long vacation to Hawaii. Personally I find both of these things very exciting. It's understandable if you care more about the first than the second. :)

But I'm back from vacation and into planning mode for our next set of requirements and projects, so if as you're using Vista you find stuff about our international story that's missing/broken/just plain wrong and you haven't already told us, please let us know.

You might also like to check out the article that Shawn Steele and I wrote for MSDN magazine, Locale Hero: Enable Global Apps With Locale Builder And Windows Vista, now available in the December issue. The article gives best practices and common pitfalls to watch out for in designing custom locales, and it also provides some guidance on how to develop globalized apps that are equipped to take advantage of the full range and variety of locale data that you could see. If you have comments or questions regarding the material in the article, Shawn and I would love to hear what you think.