WP7 Mango to add languages and Marketplace countries
Mango will also update support for 20 new keyboard input languages including: Brazilian Portuguese*, Czech, Danish*, Dutch*, Finnish*, Greek*, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese*, Korean*, Malaysian, Norwegian*, Polish*, Portuguese*, Russian*, Simplified Chinese*, Swedish*, Traditional Chinese*, Turkish, and Ukrainian. (*denotes support for predictive text)
Microsoft has also promised support for purchases in the Marketplace to increase to 35 total countries this fall, and to expand the availability of Xbox LIVE support to more countries, though they have not made any specific announcement as to where that gaming support will land.
source: Windows Phone Blog via Phone Scoop
5. Patricky (unregistered)
I suspect that whoever have been defining the product requirement at Microsoft and OEMs like Barnes & Nobles, Amazon are brain-damaged. For any new product like tablet, or a smartphone, or a electronic book reader, why would Asia language like Japanese / Korean / Chinese / Vietnamese be not supported from day one, especially in US market? Instead, most if not all new gadgets shipped in the US market are supported with English / Spanish / French by default. Give me a break, how many people living in US speak French natively! Many people of the Chinese ethnic background, despite of their ability to speak English fluently, need these gadgets to be able to display Chinese characters (for instance, to their aging parents). Quite often, smartphone purchased in US cannot display Chinese characters when the owner is in China and needs to use the local SIM card, a Kindle or the new B&N Nook cannot display Chinese characters if she/he wants to read a Chinese e-book. Language support is so fundamentally screwed up at so many of these smart handheld devices! Are the product marketing people insane?