Microsoft may be struggling to getfinished, as reports suggest that the upcoming software has slipped significantly behind schedule.
The Verge cites 'multiple sources' who reckon Microsoft's original plan was to get Windows Phone 8 finished in early October ahead of Windows 8's release , but that thanks to delays and software bugs, we may not see the first Windows Phone 8 devices on sale until November.
While Nokia and Samsung have revealed their first Windows Phone 8 devices, Microsoft has apparently instructed HTC, Samsung and Nokia not to show off the operating system yet.
While it's tough to know for sure what's going on behind Microsoft's closed doors, a recent even I attended had Nokia's newand phones kept behind glass, which suggests to me that Ballmer and chums don't think the software is ready for a public airing. Samsung's horribly-named was also not available to prod at the recent IFA tech trade show in Berlin.
With the iPhone 5 looming large, and the UK's first 4G network imminent, the timing of Windows Phone 8 is crucial. If Microsoft's update arrives too late, then manufacturers who've taken a chance on the tile-centric software could lose ground to Apple.
As for Nokia -- whose fortunes are entwined with those of Microsoft's software -- its new Lumia phones will be among the first to work with, which launches in a few weeks.
That could be a big selling point, but the appeal will diminish as other 4G-capable phones become available. Ais already confirmed.
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