Windows Phone 8 Language and Speech Recognition Support Doubles

Windows Phone 8 Language and Speech Recognition Support Doubles; Launches 'Happy Holidays' Windows Phone Photo Challenge

Microsoft is touting Windows Phone 8 as the most fluent mobile operating system ever with 50 different display languages supported. "It's hard to believe that just over a year ago I touted the 22 languages in our last release. Language support was the No. 1 customer request on Suggestion Box for Windows Phone 8--and now have more than doubled the number of display languages to 50," Microsoft stated.

Windows Phone 8 doubled number of display languages to 50

While 50 display languages was ambitious, Microsoft figured "if a user can read something on Windows 8," "they should be able to read it on Windows Phone 8 too." To achieve this, the company added many fonts and upgraded much of the core code for email, Internet Explorer, SMS, Office, and more to handle complex scripts.

Text prediction has been thoroughly revamped for Windows Phone 8, with features such as word prediction, auto-correction, and auto-accent. "Not every language supports every feature, but 40 of the languages have some form of advanced support," Microsoft said.

Windows Phone 8 also offers on-screen keyboards for each of the 50 supported display languages, plus a bit more.

In addition, Microsoft has also improved language support in Windows Phone 8 with expanded set of speech recognition languages--from the six supported in the last release, to support of 15 languages and dialects in Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8 to support 15 languages and dialects spoken

Microsoft citing a authority, said there are almost 400 languages with over a million speakers each. "It will take a while for Windows Phone to support this many."

Also, Microsoft has announced a new Windows Phone Photo Challenge: Happy Holidays!--asking users "to submit a photograph that somehow captures the expression "Happy Holidays!""

This challenge runs from now until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, January 6th, 2013.

Microsoft said, "When you send in your photos to windowsphone@microsoft.com, users must let them know which phone they took it with, which photo apps was used, and 2-3 sentences describing the photo, the circumstances under which it was taken, and why you think it represents "Happy Holidays!"."

All winning photos will be featured on the Windows Phone Blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest channels. "We will, of course, provide credit and even link to your website or blog if possible," the company added.

Check the official rules here.