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Windows Phone 7 May Be Ahead of Schedule

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Windows Phone 7 May Be Ahead of Schedule

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

Runadumb

July 7, 2010, 4:25 am

I would love to know the sales expectations MS have for WP7. Would they be "content" with slowly building up a strong userbase over the next 18-24 months as it improves and more people hear about it? Or do they expect to come out of the gate on fire, knocking everything else aside?





Either way im sure the marketing dollars they put behind it will be unbelievable

LetsGo

July 7, 2010, 2:06 pm

@Gordon You read Engadget it's my favourite site (after this one of course!).





I Hope Microsoft, Nokia & (Palm/HP) take their time and release good stable software with compelling hardware (Keyboards please). Consumers get a new phone within every two years. Most would not hesitate to switch especially if the price is right.





There is enough room for at least 5 competing platforms BlackBerry OS, IOS, Android, windows mobile 7, Meego & Palm OS can all coexist :)

Castalan

July 7, 2010, 6:36 pm

The complete apathy from the TR readership to even bother commenting on this news speaks volumes ...

Gordon394

July 7, 2010, 6:39 pm

@Castalan - agreed. Which is sad given how promising the platform looked back in February...

DrDark

July 7, 2010, 7:11 pm

Apple's SHIT!





@Castalan: Don't worry. There'll be 50+ comments now in no time ;).

JohnH

July 7, 2010, 7:23 pm

There aren't many comments because there isn't much to comment on. The 'news story' is little more than a vague wishy washy nugget of maybeness.





You'd have to be having a pretty boring day to bother writing a comment ;)

HarryGlass

July 7, 2010, 8:20 pm

I'm bored enough to give the MS comment count another tick.





I agree with John, not much of a news item. People will wait and see when the hardware comes out before caring and commenting.





It will be interesting as Runadumb to see how MS position things. I'd like to think after Windows 7 they know what they are doing, but then the whole Kin debacle shows there's still plenty of confusion in the MS camps. Hopefully they've learnt from that lesson (they at least killed it quick enough) and will have their ducks in a row. I want more options than Apple & Android, both are good but lacking here and there.

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