Windows Phone 7 Set for October Debut: Report

Microsoft isn't saying yet when or where it will hold an expected launch gala for the company's pending Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system debut.

However, the same apparently can't be said of some industry observers who have evidently not been sworn to secrecy or have and disregarded the vow.

Mobile gadget enthusiast site Pocket-Lint reported Thursday that it had sussed out when and where Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) plans to make Windows Phone 7's big splash -- October 11 in New York -- although the actual venue remains a secret.

"Pocket-Lint has learnt that the Redmond-based company will use New York as the global stage for the launch, which will be beamed around the world. Although none of our sources were prepared to be named, all are senior figures within the industry that we know and trust," said a brief story on the gadget site.

The actual phones won't be available for sale that day, but will be "later in the month," the Pocket-Lint story said.

The choice of New York shouldn't be any surprise.

Microsoft has chosen New York as the venue city for many major product launches over the past three decades, including the debut of Windows 3 in May 1990 and Windows 7 last October.

Additionally, Microsoft has said the phones will be available for sale in the fall, which begins in late September.

Microsoft just sent the final code for Windows Phone 7 to mobile device OEMs a week ago when the system reached the point that the company refers to as "released to manufacturing" or RTM.

At that point, the manufacturers have final tests to run on their hardware and then begin pre-loading the system onto handsets.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain in mid-February. At that time, he said the new mobile OS would be available installed on phones in time for the holiday shopping season.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment about the Windows Phone 7 launch, calling the reported plans as "rumor and speculation."

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing writer at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.


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