After Microsoft's Kin project failed miserably, more and more pressure is being put on Windows Phone 7 to bring the company back into the smartphone game. Although the upcoming mobile OS has gotten a fair share of positive reports, one key question that remains is when we'll actually see the OS in action for ourselves. Microsoft has not given a definite timeframe as to when the phones will actually ship. That is, until now.
During a recent presentation, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner let information about the release of Windows Phone 7 slip. Turner said, "Now let's talk about phones. This has been tough. This is a lowlight. For me, the company -- it's tough. But you know what? In the October timeframe, in the November timeframe -- in October likely across Europe, in November likely across the U.S. -- the game... we're back in the game. And this game is not over."
Turner's comments may surprise some, as Europe typically isn't the first place for phones to launch. More often, Japan or the U.S. will get tech products before Europe. Additionally, Microsoft's relationship with the EU has been rocky. In 2008, the EU nailed Microsoft with an unprecedented $1.4B USD fine for antitrust violations.
Microsoft is trying to make their money back lol.
Yeah, they might have someting there if you get TV/ISP from your phone company then you will save on the X-Box live link! Then network your PC, phone and X-Boxit might be easier than trying to compile all the other systems.
They need to put a camera on the front so people can video conference like on the Iphone! If they make the phone act as a universal remote control as well, Then I will definitly be picking one up!
Microsoft's tying this thing to SilverLight and XNA - and not letting devs have access to the native APIs without an act of congress. So, I wouldn't expect to see a lot of apps easily ported from other phones to this platform. Of course, the goal is to make it work the other way: stop people from porting their apps from this platform to other phones.
It's amazing that they Ballmer has the nerve to make the "two operating systems" comment about Google, and make it seem like MS is any better by labeling this phone as "Windows 7" when it has more in common with the Kin and Windows CE than with Windows 7.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
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