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WINDOWS PHONE AROUND THE WORLD: LANGUAGE SUPPORT IN MANGO

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“When will Windows Phone await my language?”

In a little form, it’s a subject we listen to scarcely each day. As a partial of of a phone’s general engineering team, it’s my pursuit (and passion) to assistance have Windows Phone verbalise some-more languages as well as work in some-more places around a world.

Today we wish to yield a big-picture general outlook of a denunciation skeleton for Windows Phone in Mango—something which we haven’t minute in a single place before. We get a lot of questions, as well as we goal this helps transparent up any doubt about what to design this tumble when Mango is released—now here come a lists!

How do we contend Windows Phone in Greek?

One of a things we adore about my pursuit is which we get to work upon so most opposite tools of a phone. Translating all a difference we see upon a screen—the user interface— is usually a single partial of creation a some-more worldly smartphone. It additionally requires a great on-screen keyboard, pleasing fonts which describe calm crisply upon a tiny screen, as well as a enlargement to brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new markets of pass messenger services similar to Marketplace as well as Xbox LIVE.

Although we still have a prolonged approach to go, Mango represents a sizeable step forward. At launch final year we upheld 5 arrangement languages: English (US as well as UK), French, German, Italian, as well as Spanish.

In Mango, we’re adding seventeen more: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified as well as traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, as well as Swedish.

The Zune program will be accessible for a same set of languages.

I wish to highlight which we competence not see all these arrangement languages listed as options upon your phone. The expect arrangement options rely upon your handset manufacturer as well as mobile operator.

Why doesn’t a phone usually come with a complete set of arrangement languages? For one, they take up a poignant volume of space, withdrawal reduction room for music, pictures, as well as alternative content. Also, an user competence not be means to await a sold language. For example, an user in Norway competence not feel gentle ancillary a phone with Hungarian. That said, most phones expected will have mixed arrangement languages installed.

Displaying a little of these brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new languages compulsory brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new phone fonts. Specifically, we’ve combined 4 pleasing brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new fonts for a East Asian languages:

Language

Font

Style

Simplified Chinese

DengXian

regular, bold

Traditional Chinese

Microsoft MHei

regular, bold

Japanese

Yu Gothic

regular, bold

Korean

Microsoft NeoGothic

regular, bold

These fonts come with a arrangement language, so they’re usually accessible if which denunciation is benefaction upon your device. In addition, Mango right away includes a Segoe UI Symbol font, which includes emoticons (Emoji), a brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new Indian rupee banking sign, as well as alternative utilitarian symbols.

Touch typing in Turkish

Moving from outlay to input, Mango additionally expands a set of languages we can sort using the on-screen keyboard.

The twenty brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new set of keys options are: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, as well as Ukrainian.

The set of keys languages shown in italics additionally await calm prediction, which creates typing upon your phone faster as well as easier. Even better, all these submit languages have been accessible upon any Windows Phone, in any case of which arrangement languages come with it.

The brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new East Asian keyboards—which were grown in Middle East by a same group which creates them for Windows as well as Office—are generally neat. We’ll try them in some-more item in a destiny post.

A perspective of a Start shade in Finnish, a single of a seventeen brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new arrangement languages entrance in Mango for Windows PhoneWe’ve additionally combined brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new keyboards for typing in East Asian languages such as Japanese.

A perspective of a Start shade in Finnish (left), a single of a seventeen brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new arrangement languages entrance in Mango for Windows Phone. We’ve additionally combined brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new keyboards for typing in East Asian languages such as Japanese (right).

Buying apps as well as personification games

I know most of we additionally wish to know about a tellurian rollout skeleton for services similar to Marketplace as well as Xbox LIVE.

As we announced final month, starting this tumble you’ll be means to buy apps from Windows Phone Marketplace in 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, as well as a United States. (The specifics of how we buy an app as well as which apps have been accessible in Marketplace do change by country.)

This tumble you’ll see a poignant enlarge in a series of brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand brand new countries where a Xbox LIVE use for Windows Phone is available. The Zune Marketplace for music, video, as well as podcasts is additionally expanding to some-more markets. We’re not utterly ready to make known specifics usually yet—expect to listen to some-more after this summer.

Finally, we get most questions about specific phone features—especially ones associated to acid as well as mapping— as well as where they’ll be available. Here’s a list of ones we listen to about most:

  • Bing search (accessed from a phone’s hardware Search button) is accessible 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, as well as a United States. (Elsewhere, handset as well as mobile operators can configure a hardware poke symbol to a locally-relevant poke site).
  • Local poke results uncover up in 6 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, as well as a United States.
  • Maps is upheld in nineteen countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, as well as a United States.
  • Voice-to-text as well as Voice-to-dial is accessible in 6 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, as well as a Unites States.
  • Voice search is upheld in 4 countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, as well as a United States.

The future

While we goal you’ll determine which Mango is a step forward, I’m all as well wakeful which there’s still most to do. Two areas we’re operative tough to residence in destiny releases have been languages with formidable scripts as well as fluctuating services to some-more markets. Let me quickly explain.

Complex scripts have been used to write languages such as Arabic as well as Hindi, where a displayed impression depends upon a nearby resident (“contextual shaping”), as well as languages created right-to-left such as Hebrew as well as Urdu. Many of a controls used in Windows Phone need encouragement to scrupulously arrangement such scripts.

You’ll see a initial ripened offspring of this work in Mango: calm messages will describe scrupulously in Arabic as well as Hebrew. Clever programmers can additionally emanate apps in a little of these languages. But Internet Explorer Mobile, email, as well as a duplicate as well as pulp underline can still turn confused by formidable scripts in Mango. The great headlines is we assimilate a complaint as well as know what needs to be done.

Extending services such as Marketplace or Xbox LIVE to some-more markets, upon a alternative hand, is a really opposite sort of challenge—as most authorised as well as organizational as it is technical. But we’re operative tough to scale up a engineering bid from a integrate dozen countries to a complete world.

I goal to write about both challenges, as well as how we’re addressing them, in destiny blog entries. In a meantime, I’d adore to listen to what we think.

John McConnell, Principal Program Manager, Windows Phone Engineering

Windows Phone July 6th 2011

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