With a plethora of devices ready to launch, the operating system at gold master, and an almost certain October launch window, it's as clear as glass that Windows Phone 7 is right around the corner.
Microsoft's next iteration in their mobile phone operating system and competitor to Apple's iOS and Google's Android, Windows Phone 7, will arrive on October 11, 2010 according to Pocket-lint. Pocket-lint is quoting sources, "familiar with the matter," and, "senior figures within the industry," all of whom are pointing to October 11 as the official launch day for the new mobile OS. Microsoft will hold some sort of event in New York to announce and launch the operating system, according to the sources.
Most Windows Phone 7 devices we have seen thus far have been pegged for a late-October or November arrival, so an early October launch of the OS is not unlikely. Dell, Asus, HTC, Samsung, and LG are among the many handset manufacturers partnered for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Windows Phone 7 is currently gold master, as well, meaning it is finished. (It was declared gold master on September 1.) This is the version of the operating system that is released to manufactures, who then install the OS on their devices. It is also the version of the OS that is shipped to developers in SDKs. This adds credibility to the predicted launch date, as launch day could feasibly be any day from now until the launch of the premiere Windows Phone 7 device.
I'll continue to cover the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7 and associated devices.