In a recent development, Microsoft Corp. formally announced that it would unveil a fresh range of smartphones which would be powered with the revamped version of the mobile operating system on October 11. AT&T, on the other end would be handling the services and offering the customers with bundle plans. While the tech giant would unveil the complete range by October, the smartphones would only be made available until November on AT&Ts network. It is also known the Windows Phone 7 would be made exclusive for AT&T in the start before being expanded to other carriers.
Microsoft and AT&T are all set to release the Windows Phone 7 smartphones, initially releasing three devices manufactured by HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung. Microsoft would be hosting a high-profile launch for the Windows Phone 7 in New York on October 11. Microsoft Spokesperson was heard quoting:
This season is a big one for Microsoft with the launch of Xbox Kinect and Windows Phone 7, as well as new stuff from Windows Live, new Windows 7 PCs, great shopping services from Bing and more.
According to the Microsoft Calendar, the only event which it is hosting is the Microsoft Open House. Critics were of the view that if the Windows Phone 7 would be launched at the Open House event, the party would be double.
The tech giant is of the view that with the launch of Windows Phone 7, it would reverse the company’s mobile market-share slide. Currently Microsoft is facing a tough competition from Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Research In Motion’s Blackberry.
The company would surely have to run on rough grounds to convince developers as well as consumers to make a switch on their platform.
via [Wall Street Journal]