WSJ states the obvious, Windows Phone 7 announcements next week

The Wall Street Journal is running a story "confirming" that Microsoft will announce the next generation of Windows Mobile next week, named Windows Phone 7.

Despite the fact there has been a buzz in the blogging world and from writers and analysts that follow Microsoft closely, The Wall Street Journal sources "people familiar with the matter" to confirm its "news".

On Wednesday Microsoft confirmed that CEO Steve Ballmer will be hosting a press conference on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As Neowin wrote on Wednesday, Neowin sources have confirmed that Ballmer will unveil Windows Mobile 7 (named Windows Phone 7) which will include a Zune HD like interface codenamed "Metro", Xbox and Bing intergration (including navigation), Zune music software and improved games support.

Microsoft are expected to demo several features of the new smartphone operating system but devices will not be available immediately and will ship later in the year.

Neowin will be attending Mobile World Congress 2010 and live blogging the event with Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com. The conference will also be available as a live webcast from http://www.microsoft.com/news/windowsphone

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