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Windows Phone 8 set for October 29 launch

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Microsoft has sent out invitations for an October 29 Windows Phone 8 launch event. This will come a mere four days after the official Windows 8 OS launch.

The invitations themselves show a Windows Phone 8 device and the now-familiar Windows Phone lock screen. On it is a calendar reminder to “Save the Date” of Monday October 29 at 10am for an event in San Francisco. Sure enough, the high definition picture in the background is of the sunny west coast city.

This event will be chiefly aimed at showing off the full range of the Windows Phone 8 software, which is built on the same foundations as the Windows 8 OS. Still, we’d hazard a guess that Nokia’s new Lumia handsets will be on display as the host for this new software.

In terms of hardware availability, both HTC and Nokia have announced their initial Windows Phone 8 handsets will be available some time in early November.

HTC will be launching the Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S - the former of which bears a suspicious resemblance to Nokia’s own Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 offerings. Still, anything to get away from all those black rectangles, eh?

October 29 puts the Windows Phone 8 release date just four days after the recently announced Windows 8 launch event. This will be held on the other side of the US, in New York, and will show off the new mobile and tablet OS as well as Microsoft’s new Surface tablet.

The close proximity of these Microsoft OS launch events illustrates their shared base components, and how Microsoft will inevitably go about pushing their synchronisation potential.

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