Windows Phone 7 released to manufacturing

Microsoft has officially finished Windows Phone 7 today. The software giant has officially released Windows Phone 7 to manufacturing (RTM).

The final build and code has been shipped to Microsoft's hardware and carrier partners to allow them to integrate their own software and services before devices ship later this year. Paul Thurrott notes that there has been several last minute changes to Windows Phone 7 including:

  • Facebook contacts filtering in the People hub
  • Facebook "Like" capability from the People hub
  • Various user interface updates, including a new Search button in the contacts list.

Windows Phone 7 the most thoroughly tested mobile platform the folks at Redmond have ever shipped. According to Microsoft they had nearly ten thousand devices running automated tests daily, over a half million hours of active self-hosting use, over three and a half million hours of stress test passes, and eight and a half million hours of fully automated test passes. Microsoft has had thousands of independent software vendors and early adopters testing Windows Phone 7 and providing feedback.

"We are ready" said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone engineering. "This has been one of the most incredible product development efforts I’ve ever been a part of. Today’s milestone is exciting not just because of what we’ll deliver to customers later this year, but how it sets us up for success over the long term in the mobile space… we’re really just getting started."

Windows Phone 7 is expected to be available in October for those in Europe and November for those in the US. If you're interested in more about Windows Phone 7 then please see our in-depth preview.

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I have a couple of points:

1. Does anyone know if WP7 supports 4G..or is that more of a hardware issue? I have not heard anything in this regards..I truly detest 3G.

2. Will the HTC HD3 aka HD7 be an ATT "launch day" phone.

3. With OTA "updates" I am not too worried about what is actually ship to the OEMs.

4. I would give my left testicle for a phone 4.3 phone that follows the Zune HD design.

red hook said,
I have a couple of points:

1. Does anyone know if WP7 supports 4G..or is that more of a hardware issue? I have not heard anything in this regards..I truly detest 3G.

2. Will the HTC HD3 aka HD7 be an ATT "launch day" phone.

3. With OTA "updates" I am not too worried about what is actually ship to the OEMs.

4. I would give my left testicle for a phone 4.3 phone that follows the Zune HD design.


Exactly. I would give YOUR left testicle for a 4.3 phone that follows the Zune HD design, LOL.

I'm so glad to hear this! Congrats to the WP7 team, and the changes are certainly welcome. I'm looking forward to picking one up from Sprint on launch day!

Hope VKontake support will be along side with Facebook. Good 1/3 of Europe prefer VKontake over Facebook.

coth said,
Hope VKontake support will be along side with Facebook. Good 1/3 of Europe prefer VKontake over Facebook.

What the hell is this VKontake crap? some weird eastern european service that no one gives a crap about? please - if I wanted to hear about your no body cares services I'd ask you about it.

jimmyfal said,
Anyone know if T-Mobile is in the mix on opening day?

I've been following this closely and all of my research shows that they wont be ready for opening release. AT&T will have phones on day one. T-Mobile wont be ready until atleast NOV 17th with the HTC Schubert. All evidence shows that the Dell phone wont be ready till after the New Year.

I bet they want to release it in the EU first to generate hype and eager buyers in the States in hopes to have a fairly big launch day. Just my opinion. I for one cant wait to get one

stalebiscuits said,
I bet they want to release it in the EU first to generate hype and eager buyers in the States in hopes to have a fairly big launch day. Just my opinion. I for one cant wait to get one

I honestly think that the delay was probably because US carriers didn't think they would be ready for October... I might be wrong, but there are some major differences to how cell phones are handled here, including a much more involved lock down system. So I think they had a lot to do with the month delay.

Bet it starts showing up on XDA before too long.
When the cooks there get it, hack it, and play with it, I bet we'll understand it a little more

naap51stang said,
Bet it starts showing up on XDA before too long.
When the cooks there get it, hack it, and play with it, I bet we'll understand it a little more

I doubt it. WP7 requires a certificate to even get the device to boot, if it's incorrect or missing the it won't work.

neo158 said,

I doubt it. WP7 requires a certificate to even get the device to boot, if it's incorrect or missing the it won't work.

They will hack the bootloader or find some other way to boot it anyway.
And this would be a great boost for WP7 sales as it was for the iPhone.

Fritzly said,
They will hack the bootloader or find some other way to boot it anyway.
And this would be a great boost for WP7 sales as it was for the iPhone.

It's not as simple as that, it REQUIRES a certificate verify that the ROM is legitimate to even boot the device, this means that simply hacking the booloader WILL NOT WORK and that any custom ROMs will need to be certified to run.

This isn't like android, where hacking the bootloader and rooting allows you to install custom ROMs, even those REQUIRE signing which no one but Google cando.

Wow, that's really great. I'm thrilled that they added the ability to filter out Facebook contacts. I was really worried that was going to bog down my contacts list. Now I'm even more excited about the platform. I can't wait to get a phone. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow, that's really great. I'm thrilled that they added the ability to filter out Facebook contacts. I was really worried that was going to bog down my contacts list. Now I'm even more excited about the platform. I can't wait to get a phone. LOL

The old implementation did bog it down a little, but there is (and was) a great search feature attached to it. But with the new changes, it's that much better.

Shiranui said,
Release it in Japan too, by the end of October, please - it'll be this or the Galaxy S.

I was the same, but choose the Galaxy S. I think Windows Phone 7 will be the dominant force however it will take a couple of years to nut out the bugs and get settled. So next phone upgrade will be Windows Phone 7 for sure.

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