Microsoft has finally wrapped up the development phase of Windows Phone 7 and released it to RTM (release to manufacturing) stage.
The final build and code of Windows Phone 7 has been shipped to Microsoft’s hardware and carrier partners to allow them to integrate their own software and services before manufacturing of devices begin and ships at the end of this year.
There has been several last minute changes to Windows Phone 7 which includes:
- 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.
When shipped, Windows Phone 7 will be the most thoroughly tested mobile OS Microsoft has ever made. 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.
Windows Phone 7 devices are expected to hit the US stores in November and Europe in October.