We've seen plenty of leakedhandsets, but a much meatier tidbit appeared this weekend -- the news that Microsoft could have its revamped mobile marvels in UK shops as soon as 21 October.
Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans told Neowin that Redmond intends to hold events across the globe to launch its new mobile OS, and get devices into shops in Europe as soon as 21 October. Before that, an open event in New York on 11 October will show off some of the phones.
Microsoft is going to go large advertising the new devices. The report said it intends to partner with a major London-based radio station, with Orange already set to be one of its close launch partners.. Of course this is all rumour, but it would all make sense based of what we already know about Windows Phone 7, with mobiles reaching manufacturing stage a few weeks ago.
Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's one shot at getting back in the smart phone game. It's undergone a complete redevelopment since Window Mobile 6.5 to compete with tough rivals, with Android all jostling more effectively for your affections and hard-earned moolah. It has support from giants such as , and , with handsets already leaking out all over the place., and
Microsoft is sexing up Windows Phone 7 with top-notch. Zune is also finally going to mean something in the UK, with it confirmed as the smart phone OS' media player of choice, with .
There have also been rumours around the Web that Nokia is considering using Windows Phone 7. With the appointment of a new CEO, Stephen Elop, who used to work for Microsoft and the Finnish company's struggles with Symbian, it wouldn't be an incredible surprise, but nevertheless a move that would cause major ripples around the industry.
We're all set for the Windows Phone 7 launch now, and we're desperate to get our hands on the handsets. Excited?