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Top Windows Phone news of the week: Moonraker, September launch, market woes

In the Windows Phone world this week was a leak of a reported Nokia smartwatch, another leak of the Windows 10 Mobile release date, and that the platform has a drop in US share.

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Microsoft leaks Windows 10 Mobile launch time frame

A slide that appears to be from Microsoft indicates a September release for Windows 10 Mobile. This fits with Microsoft's statements that it would roll out after the version for PCs.

The leak indicates a "late next quarter" release for Windows 10 Mobile which puts it in the September timeframe.

Source: Neowin

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Windows Phone market share down in US, up in Pakistan, India, EU

Numbers reported by ComScore show that Windows Phone is growing in the EU, India, and Pakistan but dropping in the US. Microsoft lost a million customers in the US last quarter. With Windows 10 Mobile on the horizon hopefully this trend will reverse.

Microsoft is doing particularly well in Pakistan with Windows Phone now the second smartphone platform.

Source: Neowin

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The Nokia smartwatch that Microsoft killed

Reports have surfaced of a smartwatch by Nokia, dubbed Moonraker, that Microsoft killed with the acquisition of Nokia. Prototypes of the Moonraker were shown privately at the Mobile World Congress, so it appears it was close to launch when spiked.

Microsoft may have killed it to concentrate on its Band fitness tracker.

The original Tumblr where the leak appeared seems to have been taken down.

Source: The Verge