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Windows Phone 7 May Be Ahead of Schedule

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Windows Phone 7 has been scoring so many own goals in recent months you could be forgiven Fabio Capello was in charge of development. Thankfully good news may be on the way…

Engadget has managed to snaffle some information about AT&T store signage which suggests stores could be overhauled to make way for the handsets using the OS as soon as this. The prolific bloggers do warn AT&T has history in putting up such signs 6-8 weeks early to build hype, but even then a September launch would be a nice advance on the late Q4 talk that had been suggested until now. I wouldn't read too much into the 'QTY 6' label, since it could simply mean multiple models for the same handset or AT&T exclusives

For those hoping we will get six (or more) different handsets on day one, we do get some timely additional leaks from WMPoweruser. It has found references to the previously unknown LG 'E900' and LG 'C900' in LG's browser XML database. Tera-wurld has also found reference to a Samsung SGH-i707 which should mean the impressive Dell Lightning isn't left on its own come July/August/September.

All in all then we'll take these small crumbs of comfort given the on-going concerns about third party app development, a lack of multi-tasking and PR gaffes which have haunted our initially promising first impressions. Windows 7 showed Microsoft could turn things around, now maybe the withdrawal of KIN and opportunities for unification presented by Windows 8 can be taken as a sign of Microsoft getting its mobile act together. Interpreting it any other way doesn't bear thinking about...

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Engadget
WMPoweruser
Tera-wurld

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