Windows Phone 7 launch: Europe one step ahead of the US

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system is set to land in the hands of Europeans before those of our friends in the US

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7  mobile operating system is set to hit Europe before it arrives in the US. The hotly anticipated next-gen OS is "likely" to arrive on these shores in October, according to a Microsoft exec.

Microsoft big cheese Kevin Turner said that Windows Phone 7 would put the company "back in the game" in the smart-phone market, allowing it to  take on the iPhone and try to halt the runaway success of Android . We were so busy chortling over Turner's claim that the iPhone 4 was "the new Vista" in his bullish presentation at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference that we almost missed the date revelation, spotted by Engadget.

Turner revealed that Windows Phone 7 would "likely" arrive in Europe "in the October time frame" -- he means 'in October' -- and reach the US "in the November time frame" -- he means 'in November'.

It's unusual for Europe to see a big technology release before the US -- remembering the agonising wait for the iPhone still gives us heartburn -- but the 3G phone market is more open here.

The race is on to develop the first Windows Phone 7 phone. We've already seen a prototype of the LG Panther running Microsoft Office, and the Samsung Cetus SGH-i917 is also in development.

WinPhoSev will boast its own app store , called Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Each 7-branded phone will feature a tile-style user interface that lets you drag small interactive icons around your home screen.

To see what Windows Phone 7 has in store, check out our immaculately manicured hands-on video review .

About the author

Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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