Windows Phone 8: RTM in September, available in November?
July 31st, 2012 - 10:08 am ET by C. D.
While Microsoft has officially announced the launch of Windows Phone will be made during the autumn, no date has yet been put forward. Rumours continue to indicate the system will be available in November.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8, which refreshes the PC operating system while also being made available on tactile tablets (and hybrid tablet/PC’s), will be available on the 26th of October, the launch date of Windows Phone 8 is still unknown.
During the mobile OS presentation made to developers, the company confirmed that it would be available in "the autumn", although no firm date was given. In the same way as the launch of Windows Phone 7 in 2010, and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in 2011, this release is also potentially to be made in October.
Available to all in November? Mary-Jo Foley, from ZDNet.com who is generally well informed about Microsoft’s products, believes that the release of the Windows Phone 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturer, the version for manufacturers) will be made in September 2012 with the OS then made available to all users in November 2012.
She states though that the information has not yet been validated by other sources and that she heard the news before it was known that the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch dates would be different, with both to previously have been made in late October. Microsoft has finally decided not to launch both systems at the same time. A new developer’s event could even be organized for October to clear up the situation.