Windows Phone 8 rumored to RTM in September followed by November release [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Microsoft announced quite a few new Windows Phone 8 features when it officially introduced the OS in June, including support for more screen resolutions, multi-core chipsets and microSD cards. One thing that the folks from Redmond didn't reveal, though, is exactly when Windows Phone 8 will actually launch. Thankfully the rumor mill has come to the rescue to offer up a window of time in which we might see a release. A source speaking to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has claimed that Windows Phone 8 will hit the release to manufacturing (RTM) stage in September, while the first devices are said to be coming in November.
So far the only information that Microsoft has dropped related to Windows Phone 8's launch is that it'll be coming in the fall. The company recently announced that Windows 8 will be coming on October 26, which led some to think that Windows Phone 8 might come on the same date. However, if Windows Phone 8 does end up coming in November, especially the earlier portion of the month, Microsoft could still use the near-combined launches to build quite a bit of energy for its two new OSes. We'll keep you updated with more details on the debut of Windows Phone 8 as we get 'em, but for now November may be worth keeping in the back of your mind. How many of you are looking forward to checking out Windows Phone 8 when it's released?
UPDATE: Looks like we can add October to the list of possibilities as well. Speaking to The New York Times earlier today about Nokia's Q2 2012 results and the 4 million Lumia handsets it shipped in the quarter, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that "the coming release of Windows Phone 8 software in October...would further lift sales of Lumia devices."