Reports: Windows Phone 7 handsets to arrive 21 October

Reports: Windows Phone 7 handsets to arrive 21 October

Summary: Smartphones running Windows Phone 7 will hit shop shelves around Europe on 21 October, according to several reports.The devices will go on sale then in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, the reports said.

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Smartphones running Windows Phone 7 will hit shop shelves around Europe on 21 October, according to several reports.

The devices will go on sale then in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, the reports said. Microsoft will splash out on a number of launch events in the run-up to release, with Orange joining forces with the software maker for the UK debut, according to Neowin, quoting "sources familiar with the software giant's plans".

The date fits the likely timeframe, given that Microsoft completed development of its new mobile OS at the beginning of September and looks set to hold an open house to promote it in New York on 11 October. Despite this, it isn't expected to arrive in the US until early November, and then only on GSM networks.

Windows Phone 7 marks a clean break with its predecessors, and the fresh start includes the use of technologies such as Silverlight. The new mobile OS has come under fire for its lack of some key features, such as the ability to cut and paste.

HTC, Samsung and Dell are among the handset makers that have signed up to sell Windows Phone 7 smartphones at the launch, and details of some devices have started to leak out.

Topic: Tech Industry

Karen Friar

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  • Hi Karen

    came looking for your addy 'cos i lost a reply post on my blog but...

    I dunno what MS is doing these days with smartphones, in honesty i have never owned one, except a PMP, which was CE 5, and was ditched within six months due to lack of MS support.

    I think the iPhone is too..pricey for me, i have an android phone just now and it's pants, because it has an error not allowing me to connect to google marketplace.. so maybe just maybe roll on MS and maybe Symbian if has came out of the dark ages since i last tried it (propriety vers. moto L7) it was ok then but it didn't seem to move on.

    anyhoo any chance of getting my comment on my blog back? it the first time iv posted a blog in six months, and its really disappointing to seem foolish not to answer a reply.


    i noticed that replies are listed in the side column, but if there has been an error it doesnt say where it was posted.. just a suggestion that its still on the system, and maybe a way to watch for errors.

    peace

    Dava
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