Windows Phone 8 on Nokia Could Follow Windows 8 in Nov.

Earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8 will be available to consumers on October 26, 2012, after being released to manufacturing by the first week in August. Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, the one based on ARM SoCs that won't be able to run most existing Windows apps natively, is also slated to make its debut on October 26.

As for Windows Server 2012, it's scheduled to be released to manufacturing (RTM) by the first week in August, and made available on the market in September. Office 2013, aka Office 15, will be priced by October, released to manufacturing in November, and made available on the market in February 2013, according to an unnamed source.

As for Windows Phone 8, the updated mobile OS is scheduled to go RTM in September followed by a November release date for the first devices. Visual Studio 2012 is expected to go RTM in August, and then released on the market in September. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is scheduled to go RTM in September, and then hit the market in October.

Previously there was talk about Microsoft holding a launch event where the company would officially introduce the final versions of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Based on the new dates, a single event would need to take place after Windows 8 hit store shelves, thus a dual intro is less likely. Still, Microsoft is expected launch a Build 2.0-type developers conference sometime around October, and will likely focus on both platforms.

On Thursday in an analyst call discussing Nokia's Q2 earnings, CEO Stephen Elop hinted that the company would be the first to produce a Windows Phone 8 device. He made the hint towards the end of the call while defending Nokia's relationship with Microsoft -- a relationship that's seemingly strained based on the Redmond company's move to produce its own Windows 8 tablets.

"One signal [of what is coming] is that on the number of occasions when Windows Phone 8 has been demonstrated it has been on a Nokia device," he said, evading a question about Nokia' making the first WP8 phone. "We have a close relationship that is unlike what anyone else has with Microsoft."


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  • And I bought two Lumias last week...
  • Plekter - It's not like it's been kept a secret that WP8 was coming and that Lumia devices wouldn't support it (although there is a further update planned for WP7.5).

    I just hope that these new launch devices aren't just Lumia 850's and 950's with support for multicore processors and removable memory cards. I would like my device to be set apart from current Nokia WP devices.
  • What a busy year for MS... I can't wait to see if win8 catches on or flops. I could see it go either way.

    As of right now here are my best guesses:

    win8 x86 on tablets: huge success, putting a lot of heat on the iPad in 2013, and likely outselling it in 2014

    win8RT: Flop. No app eco system available yet, and ARM devices are under-powered compared to x86 devices that windows customers are accustomed to using. People who want the win8RT experience will just purchase a win8 phone with a docking station.

    Win8 on Desktops and laptops: likely a relative flop at first, but will catch on before the end of 2013. I highly doubt people will purchase new devices specifically to have win8, or that many will pay to upgrade to win8 on current machines (though they might at $40 if they extend the upgrade price beyond January), but I also doubt it will be the flop that people are expecting where people will avoid win8 like they did with Vista. Win8 is different, but it is a much smaller/faster/feature rich OS than win7, and I think the general public will have less qualms about the start screen than most of the picky beta testers out there.

    WP8: Huge success, bringing WP platform into the real market and eating into Android market share from day 1. This assumes the devices are priced equal or just below best selling Android phones, something that WP7 devices never quite got. We do not mind slightly lower specs as the OS is clearly faster, but we also are not going to spend $500 for a Windows Phone that has the same specs as a $300 Android phone. I highly doubt it will eat into the iPhone share any time soon, though it may force Apple to innovate a bit.

    Office 15: Flop. I have been using it the last week on my computer, and (at least for my use) there is no real difference between 2007 and 2012 (with the exception of Access and Publisher, but I don't use them much). Until Office offers something really 'new' (on the order of finally adding a dictionary to word in 2007) then there is little reason to upgrade.

    I pray to God that the subscription idea for office is turned down by consumers as Balmer is already on reccord saying that Windows itself should be on subscription. If the Office subscription service takes off then win9 will definitely move to that model, which is just about the only thing that would make me move over to a Linux platform.