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HTC Confirms Oct. Launch for Windows Phone 7

Even though Microsoft is sticking to its oh-so-vague "in time for the holidays," release date, there's been so much talk of Windows Phone 7 devices launching next month we'd have been surprised if we didn't see one before Halloween. That said, rumors are just that, rumors, and you never can trust the rumor mill to be 100 percent accurate. You know who's a whole lot more trustworthy? Company executives with loose lips.

Speaking to Gulf News, HTC's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Mohammad Kais Zribi, revealed the company would be launching more than one Windows Phone 7 in October.

"We will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month and we will be concentrating on Android and Windows segments," Zribi said. "So far we have launched six models and around five more models by end of the year."

Given that Zribi didn't backtrack and correct himself by referring to Microsoft's Q4 release, it's not really clear if the executive made a mistake and thought it was okay to talk about it, or just didn't realize what he had said until it was too late. Still, thanks Zribi! Now we can get a head start on planning our Windows Phone 7 launch party.

Source: Gulf News via Pocket Lint

  • cadder
    Has someone found one in a bar yet?
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  • I can't help but feel that the devices running Windows Phone 7 look crooked when they are displaying their start screens with that black bar on the right side. They end up looking side heavy, but I'm still looking forward to what Microsoft will bring to the table.
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  • No cut and paste, no multi-tasking of third-party apps, 2+ years late to the party.

    Will not compete.

    WinMo7 will be about as successful as the Zune was against the iPod.
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  • nightcrawl3r
    cadderHas someone found one in a bar yet?
    lol!
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  • milktea
    Wasn't too impressed with Windows Mobile 6.x. And their Windows Phone 7 came out too late, behind Android. Good luck MS.
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  • nuster100
    modopronNo cut and paste, no multi-tasking of third-party apps, 2+ years late to the party.Will not compete.WinMo7 will be about as successful as the Zune was against the iPod.
    Unfortunately, I think you're right.... With both Apple and Google in the fray, I think Microsoft are going to get shut out.
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  • mathers
    modopronNo cut and pastecitation]
    Considering Windows mobiles have had cut and paste since 2002 I can't believe Win Mob 7 doesn't have it, in fact the leaked HTC vid show's either cut/ paste or copy/ paste on the 3D notepad app
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  • mathers
    mathersmodopronNo cut and pastecitation]Considering Windows mobiles have had cut and paste since 2002 I can't believe Win Mob 7 doesn't have it, in fact the leaked HTC vid show's either cut/ paste or copy/ paste on the 3D notepad app
    Pity I can't use it obviously!!! :)
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  • back_by_demand
    nuster100Unfortunately, I think you're right.... With both Apple and Google in the fray, I think Microsoft are going to get shut out.Let's just wait and see shall we?
    Android was late to the party as well, with Nokia, RIM and even Apple being the prime rib of the smartphone world.
    2 years later Android has impressed by delivering.
    It would be foolhardy to count Microsoft out, they may be slow but when they get moving they are a juggernaut.
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  • nuster100
    5 Years ago, I would have agreed with you.

    But after Vista, Kin, Bing, Zune, Courier, and their slowness replacing IE6, I don't think Microsoft understand anything outside of their OS / Office core products.

    I would be happy to be proved wrong as good competition will ultimately benefit all of us..
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