Greg Sullivan, Senior Product Manager for Windows Phone at Microsoft, said that the second half of 2011 will bring more languages to the already supported Windows Phone 7 ones.
We already got a hint from Jack Tong, vice-president for HTC Asia, that Asian language support will not arrive before the second half of the year and Yang Tianyang — Microsoft’s Communications Sector Director for the Greater China Region — announced that Windows Phone 7 will arrive to China in the second half of 2011 too.
Redmond is planning to support an additional set of five languages to compliment the launch countries: simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese for Brazil, Japanese and Korean. Given the “absolutely fantastic” response received by Windows Phone 7, an expansion with added support for other markets, besides being logical, would help the platform grow and become even more popular. Anyone who used a Windows Phone 7 device can testify to its close relationship to the internet and services like Zune and Xbox Live so we’re wondering if, together with the languages supported, Microsoft will decide to bring these services to the markets too to compliment and offer the full experience. We have a feeling we’ll learn more at MWC 2011.