New information has been revealed that Microsoft is going to put language packs in the Microsoft Store. This will allow users to download them exactly the same way they download games and apps. The standalone Windows Update package may be retired soon.
At the moment of this writing, the company has uploaded a number of language packs. The set includes Russian, Catalan, Valencian and others. The ability to download a language pack from the Store is expected to be added to Redstone 4 builds, which are currently available for Insiders in the Fast ring.
The official statement states the following (translated from an Italian source):
Do you want to experience Windows in a new language? This Local Experience Pack includes the latest language resources for Windows features such as the Start menu, Settings, and File Explorer. After installing this app, select the Launch button to navigate to Windows’ Settings app. From there, you can control your language preferences, including the Windows display language.
Here are some links you can currently play with.
Personally, I do not use Microsoft Store at all, so I only hope that these language packs will be available without logging into your Microsoft Account. There are a number of machines running with a local account only.
What do you think about this change? Do you welcome the ability to download a language pack from the Microsoft Store along with other apps or are you not happy with this change?