According to Pocket-lint, Microsoft will launch its new Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system on October 11. Multiple sources familiar with the matter have confirmed this to Pocket-lint and has received further information that Microsoft will use New York as the global stage for the launch, which will be beamed around the world. So far, Microsoft only said that Windows Phone 7, which was officially introduced back in February during the Mobile World Congress, will be available this holiday season which makes an October launch most likely. This assumption was backed-up recently by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, who said at at a presentation that Windows Phone 7 will hit Europe in the October and the U.S. in the November time-frame.
New York, where it's expected that Steve Ballmer will launch Windows Phone 7, would be an interesting place because it's not the first time that today's Microsoft CEO launched a mobile operating system there. Back on April 19, 2000, Ballmer unveiled and launched Microsoft's Pocket PC system which can be counted today as the grandfather of Microsoft new Windows Phone 7 system.
At the recent IFA, where we had the opportunity to meet with several international and national Windows Phone executives, Microsoft declined to comment on the Windows Phone 7 launch date but again confirmed, that it will be launched this fall.
It's expected that - as with the launch of Pocket PC - Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 will available in stores right after the launch, at least back in 2000 Pocket PCs were available the same day as the system was announced. Confirmed launch partners are HTC, Asus, Samsung, LG with Sony Ericsson and Dell to follow-up most likely after.
Cheers ~ Arne