Microsoft will launch its first Windows Phone 7 devices Oct. 21, according to the latest rumors. Microsoft could be planning Oct. 11 events in Europe and New York City to unveil those devices.
Microsoft will launch its first Windows Phone 7 devices Oct. 21, according
to reports circulating online.
"Microsoft will hold several launch events worldwide on October 21 to
introduce its latest Windows Phone 7 handsets," the
tech blog Neowin posted Sept. 26
, citing unnamed sources. "Microsoft
is planning to hold an open house event in New York City
on October 11 where it plans to show off some of the new devices."
, Microsoft will also host an all-day event in London
on Oct. 11, presumably Windows Phone 7-related.
Last fall, Microsoft hosted a colorful event in New
York City devoted to consumer products such as the Zune
and Xbox 360, and its then-upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5. If Microsoft
decided to repeat history this year, logic dictates it would use the occasion
to show off Windows Phone 7.
In any case, with Windows Phone 7 devices expected to roll out in the
October-November timeframe, preceded by a high-energy launch event, the rumor mill
has kicked into predictably high gear. Last week, for example, an
unnamed source told Venture Beat that Nokia plans on using Windows Phone 7 as a
. That was followed by another slew of reports that
Windows Phone 7 will support tethering
, based on Podcast comments allegedly
made by Windows Phone 7 director Brandon Watson; however, Microsoft was quick
to shoot those rumors down.
"Windows Phone 7 will not support tethering," a Microsoft
spokesperson wrote in a Sept. 24 e-mail to eWEEK.
Whatever date it ends up launched, Windows Phone 7 will appear first on
GSM-based cellular networks such as AT&T's, before being available on CDMA
(Code Division Multiple Access) carriers-including Verizon-in 2011. Microsoft
remains tight-lipped about the number of devices that will be available at
"In developing Windows Phone 7, we are placing high-quality customer
experiences above all else," a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in a Sept. 17
e-mail to eWEEK. "In keeping with this goal, Microsoft chose to focus on
delivering a great GSM version to the world first, and then a great CDMA
version in the first half of 2011."
Another big question is whether third-party developers will gravitate toward
Windows Phone 7 as a platform for their apps. Earlier in September, Microsoft
released the final version of its Windows Phone Developer Tools, hoping to
attract a wide variety of game- and productivity-app makers. Twitter, Netflix,
OpenTable, Travelocity and Flixster are reportedly some of the higher-profile companies
planning to have apps available at the devices' release.