Thursday, July 19, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 5:08 PM —
Historically, Microsoft has had a habit of launching new Windows Phones in the holiday season and, in particular, the month of November. Of course we didn't forget that HTC and Fujitsu have broken away from that expectation, with both of the manufacturers releasing their Windows Phone 7.5 devices during September last year. Still, at least when it comes to the States, November is Windows Phone month and the latest gossip is saying that will probably be the case again this year.
All About Microsoft's Mary Jo Foley has checked in with her whispering sources, and has obtained a rough idea of what Windows Phone 8's launch schedule is going to look like. In September, the new operating system is set to RTM (release to manufacturers) which is when folks like Nokia and Samsung get the final code to flash onto shipping devices. Of course that will take a little while, so Foley has learned that the launch date should be in November.
If the RTM is being released in September, then it looks like we still have a long way to go before we hear some product announcements out of this year's confirmed launch partners. We'll keep our ears to the ground until we hear more.