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.