Microsoft hints that Zunepass, Speech and others will go international soon

By Tom Warren, on 8th Jun 11 3:19 pm with 18 Comments

Microsoft has revealed that a number of key Windows Phone 7 services will go fully international soon.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, Director of the Windows Phone program, revealed the company’s plans in a Twitter message recently. One twitter user asked Belfiore if there would be any extensions of service availability to Zune and Bing services outside the U.S. and UK. Belfiore responded promising that “many” Windows Phone 7 services will move beyond the U.S. and UK, including Zunepass and Speech. “Watch for a blog post to explain,” he added.

Microsoft has been critized for its lack of internationalization of existing Zune, Bing and Windows Phone services. 1800pocketpc, who spotted Belfiore’s tweet, have their fingers crossed for an Australian roll out of said services. Microsoft is expected to expand its Zune and Bing services to several new markets in time for the Windows Phone Mango release in fall. The software maker unveiled a number of new Windows Phone Mango features last month. Mango will include over 500 new features ranging from multitasking through to some major Bing search improvements.

In other news, Microsoft is also considering special new Windows Phone Mango devices for developers. Windows Phone developers will likely get access to Mango devices ahead of the fall release to prepare them for new hardware improvements like gyroscope support. The software giant is also working on a plan to release Mango bits to developers to load onto retail devices ahead of the Windows Phone Mango release.

Joe Belfiore tweet

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    http://andrewtechhelp.com/andrews-tech-opinions/126-windows-phone-7-feature-availability-matrix-the-mango-edition

    That’s the situation at the moment: I’ll continue to keep updating that table as Microsoft announces features and their expanded availability!

    • Lex

      Good job on those tables! Very useful to just see whats going on at a glance..

  • Hahahah

    thank you microsoft, i am a Windows Phone fan from Singapore and I am glad that this gets rolled out :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/carlosrfonseca Carlos Ribeiro da Fonseca

    Yay!!!

    Are we finally going to see the results of the linguistics labs that MS has?

  • Test

    vote for Czech republic! :-D :-D

  • Ahmed Shuhaib

    I am here in saudi arabia….Hope it will be included.

  • CandidCalum

    Microsoft, please finally allow us to keep 10 songs a month when we use Zune Pass in England, just like you allow those in USA to.

  • 1234

    Hey Microsoft, you made a brasilian fan happy :)

  • 1234

    Hey Microsoft, you made a brasilian fan happy :)

  • Anonymous

    I can understand that they don’t release Zune Pass everywhere since you probably need a nice amount of subscribers in each country for it to be profitable, but things like Movies, TV-series and Music should be available to anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bad.Trigger Bart Reding

    Please add Belgium! And we want a dutch marketplace! xO

  • Tonious

    I vote Global, period.

  • Anonymous

    ZunePass in Canada! ZunePass in Canada! ZunePass in Canada! ZunePass in Canada! ZunePass in Canada!

    • Entegy

      This this this! We’re your effing hat, we deserve some love!

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Mexico and Canada are the most deserving to get Zune Pass next.

  • oznoypi

    Don’t forget us here in the land down under, Australia!!! :)

  • Anonymous

    i bought my 7 pro for quite a while now and I would love to buy those xbox live titles, please let me buy those!!!

  • Anonymous

    i bought my 7 pro for quite a while now and I would love to buy those xbox live titles, please let me buy those!!!