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Windows Phone 7 is Finally Officially Finished

Windows Phone 7 is finished. It's officially done and we couldn't be more excited, because despite the fact that Microsoft is still perfectly on time with development of its brand new OS, we feel like we've been waiting forever.

Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7 in March at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. At the time the company told us that we wouldn't be seeing any Windows Phone 7 smartphones in shops until at least the fall. Though we were promised the first round in time for the holiday season, Microsoft refused to be specific about dates and we've had to rely on rumors that say we'll see the first in September or October to get us through the long, hot summer.

It's still not clear if we'll see the first Windows Phone 7 device this month, or even next. However, what is clear is the operating system is complete. Microsoft this week said that Windows Phone 7 has reached RTM (release to manufacturer) status and is now available to OEMs and service provider partners.

"Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released," says Microsoft's Terry Myerson. "We had nearly ten thousand devices running automated tests daily, over a half million hours of active self-hosting use, over three and a half million hours of stress test passes, and eight and a half million hours of fully automated test passes. We’ve had thousands of independent software vendors and early adopters testing our software and giving us great feedback," he continued. "We are ready."

There are some changes to the UI in the finalized version that Microsoft added based on user feedback. Microsoft made the tweaks before they sent it off to OEMs, so expect to see some new features when the phones launch in the fall.

  • silver565
    Keen!
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  • joytech22
    Isn't microsoft the latest to the party here?
    And i guess this is why my WM6 never found any updates on windows live..
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  • zorky9
    copy+paste added?
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  • nightcrawl3r
    That's great news, and wow millions of hours of stress test! I think Microsoft is working really hard on Windows Phone 7 OS and I hope they succeed!
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  • dalethepcman
    With that many man hours into this phone's OS it had better have a full browser (with flash), direct x/open GL acceleration, multi touch capabilaties, outlook/exchange active sync, the kitchen sink and a bag of chips!
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  • Stryter
    Hey, competition is always welcome. Can't wait to see the offerings this fall.
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  • screechy
    Hopefully this along with android can rob apple from their crown. I can't wait to try it out
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  • zorky9
    reason that that they had that many man-hours of testing is they gave away phones to all its employees. at least in the US.
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  • angelraiter
    I've been torn between a Samsung Galaxy S and the Iphone4. Now comes Win Phone7.. I'm thinking about waiting for it.. Worth it?
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  • crossbow82
    Can't wait to try one out. I asked a mobile carrier's sales rep at a local Fry's when they'll get them and he tried to sell me an Android. I knew he wanted a sale, but I just let him finish his spiel and said thanks. He didn't even ask me which carrier I was currently using... hehehe why else would I just ask such a simple question.
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