The Linguist in your Windows® Phone7
Planning to travel all over Europe, South America and the whole of Asia? You better carry a Windows Phone 7, as Microsoft has huge plans for language support for it.Â Initial reports say that Microsoft plans to support 22 languages for the user interface, in a bid to make the Windows Phone7 more attractive in emerging markets.
Detailed plans from Microsoft shows its international ambitions – 22 display languages, 25 keyboards and 35 marketplace countries. The Zune software will be available for all these languages. And as text-happy people eagerly wait to type in their language, a word of caution – the exact display options depend on your handset manufacturer and mobile operator.
Besides language support, there will be 20 new keyboards as well as four new additional fonts. Microsoft is not stopping at that and is looking at supporting languages with more complex scripts, like Hindi and Arabic. Marketplace will be expanded to 35 countries, which means you will be able to buy apps from the Windows Phone Marketplace in all these countries, starting this fall. One more reason to cheer is because the Xbox LIVE service will start in many new countries around that time.
Not forgetting the basics, Microsoft plans to fit in specific phone features like Search and Maps to its expansion arsenal, like Bing search in 33 countries, Maps in 19 and Voice search in 4 countries.
With so much on board, feel free to flaunt your new international smartphone wherever you go.