Microsoft details broadening international support in WP7 Mango–22 languages, 25 keyboards, 35 Marketplace countries

2248.Bing-Search-Japanese-Keyboard_thumb_7C0609EDIn a blog post Microsoft has detailed some of the internationalization features of Windows Phone 7 Mango.

Microsoft announced the 22 display languages in total will be supported for the user interface, up from 5.

This includes: English (US and UK), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. The exact languages available to select in your phone will depend on your operator.

The Zune desktop software will also be available in the same languages. 

In terms of input languages 25 will now be supported, adding Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

Text prediction will be available in Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish and Traditional Chinese.

RTL languages are still not supported, but Microsoft has promised to continue working on it, noting several controls will have to be re-worked to make this possible.

Marketplace itself will be expanding to include 35 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Other Xbox Live services will also see expansion, with the Zune Marketplace for music, video, and podcasts is expanding to more markets. Microsoft was  not ready to share details yet.

Lastly, Microsoft also detailed where specific Windows Phone 7 features will be available:

  • Bing search (accessed from the phone’s hardware Search button) is available in 33 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. (Elsewhere, handset and mobile operators can configure the hardware search button to a locally-relevant search site).
  • Local search results show up in 6 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Maps is supported in 19 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Voice-to-text and Voice-to-dial is available in 6 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and the Unites States.
  • Voice search is supported in 4 countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.

He notes that Microsoft will continue the challenge to expand their services, and ultimately aim to make the services available worldwide.

Read a lot more detail at Microsoft here.



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