WP7 Mango to add languages and Marketplace countries

WP7 Mango to add languages and Marketplace countries
In terms of international support, Windows Phone 7 does still have some catch up to do, but Microsoft is pushing hard to increase international support in the next update of WP7, code-named Mango. Microsoft is including added support for 17 new languages in WP7, 20 new keyboard layouts, and will increase Marketplace purchase availability to a total of 35 countries. 

In a blog bost from the Windows Phone team today, it was announced that Mango will be expanding its international appeal by adding 17 display languages to the system. Originally, WP7 only supported English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Mango will expand support to Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish.

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



1. modernkoro

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

No Thai. WTF!!

2. Bashok

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 14, 2010

no Arabic? smh

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?

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