Nokia: Arabic support coming to Windows Phone in second half of 2012

The biggest issue on Microsoft’s User Voice site for Windows Phone is support for Arabic and other RTL languages on Windows Phone.

Via an interview by Nokia we now know the time scale of this delivery, which will likely give us an indication of when the next major update for Windows Phone OS will be coming.

In the interview Nokia says it plans to bring its Windows Phone to the Middle East in the second half of 2012 as the device will not support Arabic when it is first launched in the European market this quarter, a top executive said.

“We will launch and start selling this quarter in Europe, because Windows Phone has the language support for European countries. However, it doesn’t support Arabic until second half of next year. We won’t say it’s a launch in this region because it needs Arabic,” Tom Farrell, Nokia’s general manager of Lower Gulf–a region comprising United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman–told Zawya Dow Jones in a recent interview.

We do not know yet what else the update will bring, but we can at least tick off one box.

Are our Arabic speaking readers disappointed that they will have to wait at least 8 months? Let us know below.

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