Unnamed senior figures within the industry are reporting that Microsoft will officially launch Windows Phone 7 on October 11, 2010.
Apparently the Redmond-based company will launch the new mobile OS--and reveal related devices--at an event taking place in New York City. Actual Windows Phone 7 devices will reportedly go on sale later in the month.
Although Microsoft refuses to "comment on rumour or speculation," the company said in the past that Windows Phone 7 products would likely see an October launch, trailing behind Windows 7 which hit the market in October 2009. Sources within the industry have even confirmed the October-based window without revealing an exact date.
On September 1, Microsoft announced that it had finalized the code for Windows Phone 7, and released the "gold" build over to phone manufacturers. "Our OEM partners and mobile operator partners have had test builds for quite a while," said Microsoft senior product manager Greg Sullivan. "We'll turn it over to them and say we're done. Mobile operators will put their tiles on the home screen, and add their settings within the framework of our UI."
Unlike the Android platform, Microsoft has set limits on the amount of customization provided by manufacturers and carriers. 3rd-party additions are limited to "hubs" which appear as snap-on squares on the home screen. Asus, Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung are expected to have devices ready at launch. AT&T will reportedly be the "premier" carrier.