Windows Phone Making Worldwide Push: 17 New Languages, 20 Keyboards

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Taking a product or service international isn’t as easy as some may think. You don’t simply put it up for sale, offer it for purchase, and watch the money, customers, and users roll in. There are a LOT of situations for which to account. And for a mobile device, whose primary purpose is for communication, getting support for different languages just right is anything but trivial.

globeFor Microsoft to compete effectively with Apple and Google they’ve got to take their mobile strategy global and their new partnership with Nokia is an attempt to further facilitate. Microsoft is wasting no time in taking Windows Phone to the next level with Mango as they’ve announced support for 17 new languages and 20 new keyboard layouts coming soon.

I’m really excited that the Mango push will be a global push. This should really speed up the adoption cycle for users and bring more and more developers on board too. Windows Phone previously only supported English, French, Spanish, Italian and German, but check out the 17 which will be added to the original 5:

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese (simplified and traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian (BokmĂ„l)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swedish

Since this is being written in English, chances are the most excited of upcoming Windows Phone users aren’t reading this information here. Nonetheless, we look forward to joining international hands in the Windows Phone Community!

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