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Non-EFIGA Territories May Get WP7 Limitations

Consumers looking to get a Windows Phone 7-based device may find themselves locked out of specific features at launch.

According to recent reports, limitations may apply to consumers living in non-EFIGS markets--territories where English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish is not the default language. Apparently these five will be the initial launch languages for the new mobile OS, slated for an official reveal next month.

Although the limitations remain unconfirmed, Marketplace functionality will be limited. The new OS will also not provide Xbox Live service or support Zune. A default keyboard will be made available at launch, but will not contain local characters.

Additionally, only web and e-mail content may be displayed on native languages without localized phone menus. Copy/paste functionality will even be disabled across the board no matter the default language.

Previous reports indicate that Xbox Live and Zune services will supposedly be available for EFIGS regions at launch--Microsoft has been reportedly working on getting the localized infrastructure up and running over the last few months. It's speculated that the company will eventually invest in localized servers/infrastructures outside the EFIGS market, but that may actually depend on consumer demand.

  • agnickolov
    E.g. the features you most likely don't care about are not coming in your language. Big deal...
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  • plznote
    Hey Kevin,

    The Title is messed up it says EFIGA instead of EFIGS

    Correct me if I'm wrong!
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  • eddieroolz
    "Marketplace being limited": Doesn't that destroy the whole point of having a "smartphone" then?
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  • mkrijt
    It's speculated that the company will eventually invest in localized servers/infrastructures outside the EFIGS market, but that may actually depend on consumer demand.

    If those services are left out/limited, why would I buy a WP7 phone? I think this goes for a lot of people. The demand will be low --> they won't invest in localized infrastructures --> demand will stay low... ergo... fail in non EFIGS markets.
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  • back_by_demand
    English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish.
    So that's all of North America, South America, Europe and Australia.

    That cover 2 of the 3 biggest cell markets in the world.
    Not bad for launch day - China, Russia & Japan will have to wait.
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  • godnodog
    Brasil speaks Portuguese not spanish, so no not all of South America
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  • This smells of Beta ware. I think MS needs to get this out the door before Android gains more ground (and probably to make it readily available for the holiday season and maybe thanksgiving in the US). They basic cored the OS to limit scope so the Win 7 Phone project gets out the door ASAP. Sad if this does not catch on or if customers are forced to use a half baked OS until MS has a chance to finish all the features. If this phone does not catch on in certain countries I hope those users will not have a crippled OS indefinitely.
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  • Vladislaus
    back_by_demandEnglish, French, Italian, German, or Spanish.So that's all of North America, South America, Europe and Australia.That cover 2 of the 3 biggest cell markets in the world.Not bad for launch day - China, Russia & Japan will have to wait.Sorry but in Europe there are way more language than English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. I speak Portuguese for example. Here's a list of the spoken languages in Europe:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Europe
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  • back_by_demand
    VladislausSorry but in Europe there are way more language than English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. I speak Portuguese for example. Here's a list of the spoken languages in Europe:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_EuropeYes thank you Mr Wikipedia
    Those listed primary languages account for around 1.2 billion people as a primary or native language.
    The point I was trying to make is that these 5 languages alone in their native areas account for the highest concentration of non-Chinese consumers and are also the highest in uptake of the smartphone market.

    It's a real shame that Portugese isn't afforded the same level of importance as Italian with 70 million speakers, especially as 3 times as many people speak it at 240 million - but seeing as only 10 million of those are in Portugal it has to be considered a minority language in the European marketplace.

    Same as they are not going to spend a fortune supporting a Welsh language option as less than a million people in the whole world speak it and most of those speak English as well.

    It's just business, when WP7 takes off they can work on minority languages at a later stage.
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  • irh_1974
    Good point, if someone told me that WP7 was bing delayed because they were still working on getting language variants for Esperanto or Aborigine I would blow a gasket.
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