AT&T: Windows 8 launch coming in Q4 2012

The Lumia 900 launch a month ago has been not only good for Nokia and Microsoft, its been good for the phone's exclusive US wireless carrier AT&T. Now the head of the company's wireless division says that he is "upbeat" about Microsoft's chances in the smartphone market and that Windows 8 will actually help boost sales of Windows Phone. reports that during a speech this week at the JP Morgan technology conference, Ralph de la Vega, the CEO of AT&T Mobility, had nothing but praise for both Windows Phone and the Lumia 900, saying, "The operating system works really well. It is simple, it is easy to use, it is intuitive. The reception to the Lumia launch has actually exceeded our expectations."

He added that he felt that Windows Phone had "a very good chance" of being able to compete with the two dominate smartphone operating systems, Apple's iOS and Google's Android. However, he also spoke about the launch of Windows 8, where he gave a launch time period:

When they come out with Windows 8 in the fourth quarter, I think it will actually add to the value that that OS brings to the marketplace, in that that will be the first time that you can truly have a similar experience on your PC, on your tablet, and on your smartphone from Microsoft. From what I have seen and the previews that I have been given, I think it is going to be exceptionally good. I am very upbeat in what they are bringing to the market.

So far, Microsoft has yet to give a specific release date for Windows 8, other than it's due for launch by the end of 2012. The Release Preview version of Windows 8 is due out sometime in the first week of June.

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" ... Windows 8 will actually help boost sales of Windows Phone." ... or sink both platforms.

prediction is a funny thing. it works both way.

It will probably come out in October...just like Windows 7 did. And if not October...definately before the shopping season when people will be looking for new computers.

At&t and Ralph de la Vega can sit on the middle finger. What is his explaination for leaving current Windows Phone 7 customers without updates to their phones to fix major bugs that is giving everyone headaches? The updates have been out since last year and they still have done nothing but set on their ass.

TheCyberKnight said,

Good point.
Obviously, this guy just heard about it.

you must have seen the title and ran with it, as I can't see in the post that he's tryig to make it news that w8 will be out this year, more a passing comment...

"When they come out with Windows 8 in the fourth quarter, I think it will actually add to the value that that OS brings to the marketplace"

the title misleads people into thinking the post itself is about someone revealing something, when its really about him bigging up the W8 and WP8 ecosystem as a whole.

Yeah stick tablet with carriers and ruin it!!!! less chance of people buying tablet with contract than paying it upfront. Apple made a good decision with ipad by not sticking with carriers like the iphone.