We now know that Windows 8 will be hitting the shops on October 26, and that this will present something of a unification of all Windows devices. However, a new report suggests that Windows Phone 8's release date won't be quite as harmonious as the OS itself.
Windows Phone 8 is going to mark a massive departure for the platform in that it's going to run on similar core software to Windows 8 for desktops and tablets. This promises to make for a fairly consistent (though obviously not identical) experience across each of your Windows-powered devices.
App developers will be able to create more fully featured Windows Phone applications, and they'll also be able to capitalise on the new breed of hardware that Microsoft's allowing into the mobile fold - including multi-core processors.
Unfortunately it's being rumoured that the Windows Phone 8 release date is going to land some way beyond October 26. According to a trusted source of ZDNet's, while handset manufacturers should get the new OS in September, the general public won't see it until November.
Interestingly, Nokia's Stephen Elop has also let slip a little morsel on the Windows Phone 8 release date. He seems to have told the New York Times that the OS would be released in October.
Could this mean that Nokia, through it's special relationship with Microsoft, will be getting the OS earlier than the rest? We can quite imagine that it will have access to the final build in advance of September, but we're not sure how such a clear head-start would sit with other major manufacturers like HTC.