O que se segue é a transcrição, no original em Inglês, de um comentário publicado num “site” sobre telemóveis e “smartphones”, em Windows Phone Central, com data de 8 de Maio de 2014, de autor que se identifica apenas pelas iniciais DJCBS.

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DJCBS says:

Well, first European Portuguese is spoken and written in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guiné Bissau, Cape Verde, S. Tomé and Prince, Timor and Macau. That’s 7 countries and a special administrative region of CHINA. Also, Portugal has a ratio of 2 phones per inhabitant, which means there’s around 20 million cellphones in this country alone, half of which are Nokia.

Then you have Brazil, a country with 180 million people indeed, but where half of them can’t read nor write or suffer from functional illiteracy, let alone use a smartphone. And then you have the percentage of Brazilians that can afford a smartphone indeed…but rather go for Apple because it’s “fashionable”.

Yes, it is a big market that can be conquered, no it’s not much more important than the Portuguese market. Not if Microsoft has brains. If you had Brasil –  a country with tons of poor people that can’t afford a phone and tons of people who can but prefer apple – and Portugal – a country where there’s a ratio of 2 phones per inhabitant, where one of those phones is a Nokia (a company to whom you just bought a D&S division) – to which country would you look first?
The gigantic one where people are less inclined to join your offerings or to the smaller one where people are quite willing to accept your offerings and give you a chance?

At any rate, it’s not a question of “prioritizing Brasil”. It’s a question of Microsoft having both spellings and phrasings etc, and then deciding to abolish the correct way of spelling – the European way – and shoving the Brazilian way down the throats of the people of all the other countries around the World that speak Portuguese.

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