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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

How can they expect Zune to really succeed without little Zune players? How cool would that be if they actually had something up their sleeve in that department. And how cool would it be if the Zune on the Xbox actually played music... I hope they have some unnannounced stuff for the phone coming, and and freaking youtube app. I'm really looking forward to MS revenge here for the drubbing they got from Iphone. That was 3 years that I need to forget in the phone department. HD2 came close way too late.

jimmyfal said,
How can they expect Zune to really succeed without little Zune players? How cool would that be if they actually had something up their sleeve in that department. And how cool would it be if the Zune on the Xbox actually played music... I hope they have some unnannounced stuff for the phone coming, and and freaking youtube app. I'm really looking forward to MS revenge here for the drubbing they got from Iphone. That was 3 years that I need to forget in the phone department. HD2 came close way too late.

Who knows, still time to release a WP7 based device without the phone stuff like the iPod Touch. The market is there, they should do it.

jimmyfal said,
. And how cool would it be if the Zune on the Xbox actually played music... I hope they have some unnannounced stuff for the phone coming, and and freaking youtube app.

Zune on Xbox will play music; just watch the E3 Kinetc Demo from this year, and there they are using it =P. Hopefully its not reserved just for kinect (doubtful, seeing as how obviously stupid that would be)

I believe they're actually waiting for the whole "WP7 release" to be over, and then they might build a new Zune, with the WP7 requirements in mind, running a tuned version of the OS (without the phone parts) but fully compatible with the Apps and the Marketplace. And then head for a worldwide release (and it would be easy for them to find a manufacturer since the components would be almost the same) !

From a business POV it would make sense, because the iPod Touch is having a huge success by now (that's what Apple said during their keynote today, the iPod touch has been more successful this year than the iPod Nano/Shuffle) and a new Zune could profit from the WP7 advertising and App Catalog.

jimmyfal said,
How can they expect Zune to really succeed without little Zune players? How cool would that be if they actually had something up their sleeve in that department. And how cool would it be if the Zune on the Xbox actually played music... I hope they have some unnannounced stuff for the phone coming, and and freaking youtube app. I'm really looking forward to MS revenge here for the drubbing they got from Iphone. That was 3 years that I need to forget in the phone department. HD2 came close way too late.

There IS a youtube app. At least in the works. Don't knock the lack of apps until they actually open the marketplace for submissions.

[code]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.[/code]

Many, many, many, a lot, a lot, a lot and yet not Twitter integration.

Nehemoth said,
[code]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.[/code]

Many, many, many, a lot, a lot, a lot and yet not Twitter integration.

Well, there still is a at least a month before the EU release (and I would guess it would be a late October release, so you can add more 20 days) and WP7 executive said there were going to be some surprises at launch, so we mmight get twitter integration by then.

Nehemoth said,
[code]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.[/code]

Many, many, many, a lot, a lot, a lot and yet not Twitter integration.

Why would you expect their test team to develop a Twitter client?

Nehemoth said,
[code]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.[/code]

Many, many, many, a lot, a lot, a lot and yet not Twitter integration.

Ya, cause a twitter app will take years to develop...

Are people this silly or stupid?

twitter apps were demonstrated at launch, I'm sure this will not be an issue. geesh

thenetavenger said,

Ya, cause a twitter app will take years to develop...

Are people this silly or stupid?

twitter apps were demonstrated at launch, I'm sure this will not be an issue. geesh

Exactly, someone could write one in a day. And then they could integrate it into the People Hub if they program it to do so. Microsoft doesn't need to do the integration!

andrewbares said,

Exactly, someone could write one in a day. And then they could integrate it into the People Hub if they program it to do so. Microsoft doesn't need to do the integration!

They have canned twitter code to show people how to develop apps. It was the first app that they showed off to demonstrate how to make them for the new platform. There most likely isn't an integrated one is Twitter.

jakem1 said,

Why would you expect their test team to develop a Twitter client?

Actually, they did. There are several tests apps already on the Marketplace. A Twitter app was added just recently (8/17/2010).

Looking forward to Launch day and some devices. The next thing I really would like to get a feel for is when they might issue the 1st update after launch. I'm hoping they target within 4 months.

It would have to be way before then. The "We are ready" quote above isn't quite complete, if they were being honest. It should read ""We are ready as we're ever going to be given the self-imposed deadline designed to get this thing into the pipeline for the imminent shopping season. We've made several last-minute changes, but we know there will be dozens more ready to go by the time this makes it to market in October/November. We'll be ready then to push out the latest updates."

rseiler said,
We've made several last-minute changes, but we know there will be dozens more ready to go by the time this makes it to market in October/November...

You mean, like Copy/Paste ?

rseiler said,
It would have to be way before then. The "We are ready" quote above isn't quite complete, if they were being honest. It should read ""We are ready as we're ever going to be given the self-imposed deadline designed to get this thing into the pipeline for the imminent shopping season. We've made several last-minute changes, but we know there will be dozens more ready to go by the time this makes it to market in October/November. We'll be ready then to push out the latest updates."

Nothing is ever finish. See how iPhone and Android keep getting little updates, they are never really feature complete.

Jack E said,
Makes a change from it being launched in the US first

The HTC Touch Pro 2 and HTC HD2 (both old Windows Mobile phones) were sold first in Europe, that's how it has almost always been. Remember that while Microsoft only created the software of the phone, releasing the product depends on the manufacture.

leo221 said,
some1 leak it and let there be custom roms

Not going to happen, WP7 requires a certificate to run making custom ROMs impossible to create.

neo158 said,

Not going to happen, WP7 requires a certificate to run making custom ROMs impossible to create.


It will be cracked. Nothing can stop that. Like it or not, hackers are here to stay and I doubt Microsoft is as paranoid about it as Apple.

day2die said,

It will be cracked. Nothing can stop that. Like it or not, hackers are here to stay and I doubt Microsoft is as paranoid about it as Apple.

Not so fast.

The "Genuine Windows Phone" certificate: This is a new feature for WP7. An API will be provided for external services to validate that a call is coming from a Genuine Windows Phone. This will be accomplished by a requirement that every phone have a unique certificate applied during manufacturing process (similar to an IMEI, but more than a simple number, an actual .cer)

The certificate is to be stored in the "Device Provisioning Partition" during the manufacturing process and is to be destroyed upon completion of manufacturing. Any time a reflash occurs, a new certificate is to be issued.

This represents a significant change from the existing paradigm as your phone will be instantly uniquely identifiable through this method.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=649918

Chsoriano said,
I'm glad they added filtering for Facebook contacts... hopefully it includes a "hide" option

Yeah, everyone was complaining about it, glad to know MS is hearing customers and improving their products based on this feedback.

Chsoriano said,
I'm glad they added filtering for Facebook contacts... hopefully it includes a "hide" option

It filters those that don't have their phone number listed.

Meph said,

It filters those that don't have their phone number listed.

Hmm... I kind of like that... but I kind of don't. What if you have the person's number stored in your phone (i.e., Windows Live contacts) but they don't have it listed in Facebook? I have to assume that it would just add details from Facebook for your existing contacts...

Chsoriano said,

Hmm... I kind of like that... but I kind of don't. What if you have the person's number stored in your phone (i.e., Windows Live contacts) but they don't have it listed in Facebook? I have to assume that it would just add details from Facebook for your existing contacts...

Nvm... I read somewhere that you can filter it to only pull in facebook info for contacts in your contact list... this makes much more sense.

Chsoriano said,

Nvm... I read somewhere that you can filter it to only pull in facebook info for contacts in your contact list... this makes much more sense.
I think it make sense indeed. I have a lot of people in facebook I don't care having their numbers or info on my phone contact list.

Euro first? Weird.

Welcome changes and hopefully not rushed. Seems like they have another month to iron out bugs if they wanted too.

ccoltmanm said,
Euro first? Weird.

To be fair, Europe has usually tended to get phone hardware before America. I guess differences in our phone markets make it easier.

acnpt said,
Why not just have a global launch, better for customers and better for marketing.

Probably because they're eager to get it out as soon as possible - and US carriers aren't ready yet. No point making everyone else wait a month to get it out (seeing as I can see no reason Microsoft themselves would delay a US launch, the work is already done on their end)

acnpt said,
Why not just have a global launch, better for customers and better for marketing.

Damn you Microsoft for not developing Asian interface for WP7 soon enough...
Now I have to wait till next fall to see WP7 in Korea! TT__TT

kimatg said,

Damn you Microsoft for not developing Asian interface for WP7 soon enough...
Now I have to wait till next fall to see WP7 in Korea! TT__TT

Well at least you Koreans got StarCraft 2 Professional Edition with LAN Support!

ccoltmanm said,
Euro first? Weird.

They're testing the waters in Europe first. From what I've seen so far, Windows Phone 7 is going to be the "Vista" for Windows Mobile releases. Many manufacturers that previously released WM devices are now saying they're "focusing on Android devices" which is the polite way of saying they expect WP7 sales to be dire.