Windows Phone 7 Released to Manufacturing

Windows Phone 7 has now been released to manufacturing by Microsoft [MSFT]. What this means is that smartphone manufacturers can start making the hardware that will run it in preparation for launch which is expected in the middle of next month.

There are several hardware manufacturers creating hardware for Windows Phone 7 such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Dell and ASUS. It is expected that each company will release a smartphone in preparation for launch.

Although the official launch date hasn’t been revealed, there were indications that the HTC HD7 will launch on October 18 in the UK which could indicate this is also the official launch date of the new Microsoft OS.

The Windows Phone 7 operating system has been a big change for Microsoft. The company has dropped all ties with Windows Mobile 6.5 and below and started from scratch to create something with a UI that works and that is finger friendly… something which MS hasn’t been able to achieve until now.

Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released. We had nearly ten thousand devices running automated tests daily, over a half million hours of active self-hosting use, over three and a half million hours of stress test passes, and eight and a half million hours of fully automated test passes. We’ve had thousands of independent software vendors and early adopters testing our software and giving us great feedback. We are ready.

Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do considering iOS and Android are doing particularly well at the moment with hundreds of thousands of devices activated daily. Lets hope MS can carve some market share back.

Via: Geeky Gadgets

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