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Windows Phone 7 Coming October 11?

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.

  • eddieroolz
    Exciting times are ahead for the phone industry. I hope WP7 will succeed.
  • rmmil978
    Oh great, another new platform strangled to death by a crappy carrier.
  • COLGeek
    Think I'll wait for this one to mature before I even think of spending any money on it....
  • Jazzmain
    AT&T "premier carrier"......
  • Nakal
    Ugh.. AT&T

    Guess I will stick with Android and it's more open platform :)
  • volt-aire
    hopefully this grab for Apple's (and google's and Blackberry's, in this case) market will go better than the Zune...
  • JasonAkkerman
    Oct. 11? That's what I heard about a year ago.
  • Saljen
    You guys are reading this wrong. AT&T called themselves the "premier" carrier, this doesn't mean they have exclusivity on WP7, it's a poor marketing ploy that your falling into. WP7 will be available on all carriers.
  • dark_lord69
    Why is it always AT&T?
    Thank the lord I have T-Mobile and I can just unlock phones and use them with T-Mobile.
  • Snipergod87
    I hope they make a CDMA version... no decent GSM signals where I travel