Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 due in November for US and October for EU

Over the past several months, Microsoft has been trickling out news about Windows Phone 7 a little at a time. However, there are still many details that remain unknown at this point in time. The unknown details include retail device information (including device name and specs), prices, and release dates. That is slowly starting to change.

According to Engadget, “While discussing the move to Microsoft's next great hope in the mobile space, the Redmond COO told the world that the transition is expected to happen in the October timeframe across Europe, and in the November timeframe in the US.”

While there have been hints every so often that Microsoft intended to launch Windows Phone 7 at the end of the year, this is the first solid evidence that it is on track for a Q4 2010 launch. A video of Turner’s speech can be viewed here.

One potentially interesting factor in this news is the fact that Europeans may get the new platform before we get our hands on it here in North America. Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s latest attempt to reinvent their mobile platform. They are aiming to create a much more robust platform this time around.

Some major features of Windows Phone 7 include Hubs (integrated experiences for multimedia), The panoramic views that are provided within the platform’s multimedia functions, and Integration with key services such as Xbox Live, Zune, Facebook, and Office.

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Article is written in a highly location biased manner. Since this is a news site covering international stories, isn't it appropriate to write news stories in a neutral sense?

Really stop moaning, everyone is happy when US get's something first, but when Europe does... Arguments. A lot of things we in the U.K get after the US, mobile phone's are not that big of a deal, when you compare it to other things.

This is all good news, as long as I get mine before the end of the year. I am so eager to get rid of my Iphone it is not even funny.

I want a WP7 device the size of the Droid X or maybe slightly larger. To me the iphone is just too small to surf the web. Ideally WP7 should be 4G capable.

I think this might be a smart move...launch the phone in areas with fewer "jphone" drones, generate a lot of buzz in those areas, then launch in the "then-very-envious" US.

I've been holding out on getting a new phone for months, so November can't come soon enough. I might actually have to preorder (whenever Sprint throws that out).

It will be interesting to see the reviews of the OS from those in the EU. Handsets, not so much as they will probably vary across regions.

I'm due for a new handset this winter, my wife keeps pushing the iPhone. I'm personally holding out to see what WP7 offers, but I think she wants me to get an iPhone so she can sweet talk me in to giving her the iPhone 4 and I take her 3GS.

TruckWEB said,
Are they skipping Canada like they did with the Zune HD?

Windows Phone will be available worldwide (except places where they're not allowed to sell), so no need to worry about that .

IphoneMini said,
WM7 won't takes off untill they reach 50,00 app first...

What? 50,000 fart applications and widgets? please, quality rather than quantity should be the name of the game.

rawr_boy81 said,

What? 50,000 fart applications and widgets? please, quality rather than quantity should be the name of the game.

Each dev needs to pay £99 for 5 free (crap) apps. any additional crap apps cos £20 so there wont be that many

IphoneMini said,
WM7 won't takes off untill they reach 50,00 app first...

I'd say around 7.5-10K. 99% of apps after the 10K mark are utter garbage.

Don't all electrical devices have to pass inspection by the FCC before they're released in the US? In the UK, the closest we have is Ofcom, who are an "independent" industry regulator, but as far as I know manufacturers aren't required to submit devices to them for inspection before release.

Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

****ing pathetic carriers.

/- Razorfold said,
Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

****ing pathetic carriers.


Well id disagree with you, look at things like the iPad also and pokemon games too. There was also the motorola droid which came out in the EU rebranded a few months afterward so yeh. releases usually start in japan then to america then to EU then everywhere else, poor ozzies so stop complaining, you have hulu, i dont. get over yourself -rant over

zikalify said,

Well id disagree with you, look at things like the iPad also and pokemon games too. There was also the motorola droid which came out in the EU rebranded a few months afterward so yeh. releases usually start in japan then to america then to EU then everywhere else, poor ozzies so stop complaining, you have hulu, i dont. get over yourself -rant over

Did you miss the part where I said "iPhone and a very few others?"

But lets take the HD2 as an example. Released what October 2009 in Asia / Europe? Then Australia..and then us Americans got it 5-6 months later. Or how about all the good Nokia phones? Stuff like the n900, well carriers won't sell it so you have to buy it from Nokia's USAs very limited selection at full price. Or how about other HTC, Samsung etc phones that never make it here?

/- Razorfold said,
Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

****ing pathetic carriers.


I think it has to do with timezones, and that in EU, we get our christmas presents on 24th of December. Or something like that.

/- Razorfold said,
Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

****ing pathetic carriers.

Why should America always get new technologies first ?

ramesees said,

Why should America always get new technologies first ?

Doesn't have to be first. Why not release them at the same time as Europe / Asia / Australia etc? Yeh it's only one month, but that doesn't mean every W7P that's made will come out in America on November..and considering the "premier" carrier is AT&T well...

/- Razorfold said,

Doesn't have to be first. Why not release them at the same time as Europe / Asia / Australia etc? Yeh it's only one month, but that doesn't mean every W7P that's made will come out in America on November..and considering the "premier" carrier is AT&T well...

The same reason for us being ****ed over by companies that are based in the US that jack the price for the UK up by an extra £50 compred to the US price converted to £.

/- Razorfold said,
Doesn't have to be first. Why not release them at the same time as Europe / Asia / Australia etc? Yeh it's only one month, but that doesn't mean every W7P that's made will come out in America on November..and considering the "premier" carrier is AT&T well...

This is the first time as far as I see it where an overseas market receives it before the US does. I'm living in New Zealand and I'm still not able to purchase a Kindle device even though I can buy kindle books and use the Kindle application my MacBook Pro.

n_K said,
The same reason for us being ****ed over by companies that are based in the US that jack the price for the UK up by an extra £50 compred to the US price converted to £.
The fact that prices vary from market to market has zero to do with "****ing you over."


If you are unhappy about the price level of stuff in <your country>, then the solution is for you to move to <country with a price level you like better>.

/- Razorfold said,
Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

****ing pathetic carriers.

The population of Europe exceeds 830 million, the population of the US scrapes over 300 million. The European market is likely to offer a much more significant financial milestone to both the handset and OS manufacturers and greater market permeability due to being treated as second rate customers by Apple.

hdood said,
If you are unhappy about the price level of stuff in <your country>, then the solution is for you to move to <country with a price level you like better>.

If you are unhappy about the fact that you don't get stuff first in <your country>, then the solution is for you to move to <country that launches stuff first>.

/- Razorfold said,
Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

****ing pathetic carriers.

STOP Moaning, you guys in the US get loads of stuff before us mainly in the U.K,games consoles (Like you had the new Xbox a month before us) , Games and all that. So don't complain.

TechDudeGeorge said,

STOP Moaning, you guys in the US get loads of stuff before us mainly in the U.K,games consoles (Like you had the new Xbox a month before us) , Games and all that. So don't complain.

There's a difference between 6 months and 1 month. It's got nothing to do with the cell phone companies, or OS manufacturers. It's simply because carriers over here suck.

Like I said I'm not expecting to see the best WP7 devices coming to America anytime soon, and especially not on AT&T.

The same reason for us being ****ed over by companies that are based in the US that jack the price for the UK up by an extra £50 compred to the US price converted to £.

Could be wrong, but US prices never include sales tax (usually 6-7%) while UK prices include VAT (17.5%)

/- Razorfold said,
Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

Major roll-outs require intermodal shipments via ship and rail as well as truck. It takes a while to get things through the physical pipeline at the same instant. Once there, you really don't want to pay warehousing costs, so it's a good idea to sell as soon as possible. If it were me I'd have a launch on the day things would start arriving and get the socail media buzz of people sharing market data about where it can be found and for what price. But for marketing reasons it's become customary to do big uniform regional or global pushes.

rawr_boy81 said,

This is the first time as far as I see it where an overseas market receives it before the US does. I'm living in New Zealand and I'm still not able to purchase a Kindle device even though I can buy kindle books and use the Kindle application my MacBook Pro.

This is called discrimination by all the American companies, especially Apple, they never sell with an unlock. [SIC]

/- Razorfold said,
Why does America always get new phones after the rest of the world does (apart from the iPhone and a very few others)?

****ing pathetic carriers.

this is crap. US gets the Doid X, Evo 4G and iWhatever first.

warr said,

this is crap. US gets the Doid X, Evo 4G and iWhatever first.

I said except a very few devices. As for the Evo 4g, that was a phone designed for Sprint.