Mango to Add 17 New Languages, Expand Market Purchasing
Microsoft today revealed in a blog post that Windows Phone 7 Mango will support 17 additional languages when it launches later this year. The new languages include: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. These are in addition to the five languages that WP7 already supports. In addition to the new languages, Mango will support 20 new keyboard layouts to match the new languages. Mango will also increase the number of countries in which WP7 users can purchase applications from the Marketplace by 35. Microsoft said it continues to work on support for more languages and keyboards, and will improve upon those that it already offers over time. Not all languages and all keyboards will be available on all devices, as it will depend on manufacturer, carrier, and the local market in which the device is sold.
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Nov 28, 2011
Microsoft recently provided an update to its Windows Phone 7 Connector application for Apple computers. Version 2.01 now includes new features such as syncing with Apple's Aperture program; file drag-and-drop; ringtone transfers; better video conversion; and new support for WP7.5 Marketplace.
Apr 16, 2011
Microsoft has provided an update to the status of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 devices and the NoDo update. According to the Windows Phone Blog, the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have passed the testing phase and are now in the scheduling phase.
May 26, 2011
Speaking to PCMag, Nokia's chief of smart devices Jo Harlow said that the company plans to release new Windows Phone 7 handsets at a fairly regular pace. "We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that," she said.
May 16, 2011
In a blog post today, Microsoft provided details on a few previously unannounced new features that will be part of the Mango build of Windows Phone 7. These new features are targeted at business users and add to the WP7 platform's collaboration tools.