Windows Phone 8 to launch October 29th?

Microsoft has just got the ball rolling with help from Samsung when it come to Windows Phone 8 with their announcement of their latest Windows Phone device and hot on the heals of that News, Mary Jo Foley is stating that Windows Phone 8 will launch on October 29th.

MJF has a solid track record according to Tracour which likely means that the date is likely accurate. If it does turn out to be true, it will be a very busy time for Microsoft as they launch Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Surface all around the same time. Seeing as Windows 8 is an ambitious release for Microsoft, the world will be watching to see how the public reacts to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8 will bring several new features to the table including a heavily customizable home-screen. While Windows Phone has experienced slow growth so far, it has typically received high praise from those who do use the platform.

While Microsoft is not confirming the information, October is right around the corner which means the Windows Phone 8 train is about to leave the station. 

Source: Mary Jo Foley

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There's a lot more to WP8 than that. It's just that the home screen is obviously the most visible change. Windows Phone 7.8 is getting the new home screen too.

daniel_rh said,
"heavily customizable home-screen," really? Surely an improvement, that's it

Compared to what we currently have on WP7.5, I'd take it any day!

What if... they had bundles? Like the phone with a contract with the Surface or some mixture of the 3 things (Win 8, Win 8 Phone, Surface RT/Pro)? That would be crazy.

KSib said,
What if... they had bundles? Like the phone with a contract with the Surface or some mixture of the 3 things (Win 8, Win 8 Phone, Surface RT/Pro)? That would be crazy.

If we weren't trapped in the carrier contract model, what you're describing would likely be reality. Apple would market various combos of iPhone/iPad/Macbook packages and Microsoft would market Surface/Xbox/WP packages and so on. This kind of competition would be much more interesting since it would push the "unified experience" as the future of consumer devices and really propel us toward cloud computing in a way that carriers won't readily get behind.

These package deals would offset what's lost by giving up carrier subsidies and force vendors into a more consumer-focused development pattern.

Alas and alack. We'll see these packages with tablets, at least. Expect a deal where an Xbox Live commitment gives you a discount on a Surface RT at some point. Shame that can't extend to handsets. *shrug*

This phone doesn't stand a chance with the new iPhone coming out so close. I have a Samsung Focus and hope Microsoft does well but this is bad timing for a phone release.

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