If you’re not a speaker of English or a handful of European languages, you’re probably pretty frustrated about the lack of international language support for Windows Phone 7. At CES, Fierce Wireless managed to get some solid information out of Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Windows Phone. He said that support for simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese for Brazil, Japanese and Korean in the second half of 2011, as this is still “phase one” of the platform’s launch.
He also glowed that 9/10 WP7 purchasers would recommend the phones to their friends, and that Sprint and Verizon would be getting on board in the first half of the year.
But at least 6 months before international support? Ouch. I’m guessing that’ll be part of the major Mango update that’s expected in September/August.