IT SEEMS rumours that Microsoft is going to unleash its Windows Phone 7 operating system in October got it all wrong.
For a while now, the media had assumed that Microsoft was going to release its next mobile phone OS on October 11.
That happens to be the date of an annual shindig the Vole usually throws in New York. However Windows watcher Paul Thurrott rang up his sources and was told that the New York event will have nothing to do with Windows Phone 7.
"I've been told by a very reliable source that the US launch date for Windows Phone is November 8," he wrote.
He was not sure about the European launch day, but it is fairly likely to be the same day.
It is odd that Microsoft has not decided to make a big splash about the launch date. If it were Apple it would have been 'leaking' information like a sieve to all its tame press and whipping up some enthusiasm. Either the Vole must consider itself above such marketing hype, which hardly seems to be in character, or it's not very confident that Windows Phone 7 will be well received. We can't believe that it just didn't think of it. µ