Default language of OneDrive website to English, and ability to switch the language
I live in Malaysia and my computer Localisation is set to Malaysia.
For me, and many other Internet users here in Malaysia, I typically browse the Internet in English and would prefer that things are written in English.
However when I use Internet Explorer to visit the page to log-in, I am greeted with a version of the page written in Malay (The local language). It is confusing as we normally use English as the means of communication on the Internet. It also makes it hard for me to teach my elderly parents where to click as they command of Malay is non-existent.
If there is a way to set the default language to English, or at least somewhere on the site to give that option, it would be most welcomed.
It ironic thing is I get the best experience using Chrome since it defaults to English (GB) when I go to the website
It appears that OneDrive login page is using geolocation to determine which language to display. For example, here in the Hong Kong SAR it always displays in Chinese and there is no way to change this. Google.com on the other hand displays by default in English because my OS/Browser language is English and Google offers suggestions for Traditional and Simplified Chinese because of my geolocation.
Microsoft got this wrong and plenty of my colleagues and friends in Hong Kong, who cannot read Chinese, are frustrated by this poor behaviour.
very misleading interface but can change as per suggested,
paul golden commented
english default "@UiserVoice"
I also got this problem on so may products of Microsoft. Now I'm struggling to change the language of OneDrive.
I have exactly the same problem here in the Middle East (UAE) using FireFox, it goes straight to Arabic even though I only use English on the computer (Arabic is not even installed as a language on my pc). The browsers can supply a preferred language, but the web designers have tried to be too clever and actually broken the website functionality instead.
To make it worse, there's no option to change the language and save it in a cookie either..
The problem still persist. I raised this to Microsoft team as well...
They asked me to do reset IE etc etc.... after wasted more than an hour found out a similar case like me and share this page with me.
I believe is webserver or browser issue. Either the browsers send wrong locale and language info to the webserver or the webserver interpreted the locale and language wrongly and thus send the wrong language page.
The MS team asked me to raised to the onedrive team. so much for working as a team in Microsoft...Well done !!!
Alan Ho commented
failed web designer team and manager. didn't think of the international language to be display 1st.
they detect your ip from Malaysia then redirect you straight to the malay language page...
here is the workaround to English site.