Microsoft is getting a little cozier with Verizon, saying the nation's biggest carrier will offer three Windows Phone 8 devices for the coming holiday season.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking during an event today, said Verizon will be offering the , and that the 8X by HTC will ship by Thanksgiving. Verizon also will offer the Samsung ATIV Odyssey in December.
The 8X will retail at $199 for 16 GB, while the Lumia 822 will sell for $99.
Meanwhile, AT&T will be selling the Lumia 820, Lumia 920, and Windows Phone 8X, while T-Mobile will offer the Lumia 810 and HTC 8X. All devices will be available in November.
Microsoft is counting on the latest version of its mobile operating system to help it better compete with Google's Android software and Apple's iOS. The latter two systems largely dominate the mobile market; Windows Phone has beento be a distant third.