Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows Phone 7 Global Launch Date confirmed – NZ likely to be first in the World

, posted: 4-Oct-2010 16:08

Windows Phone 7 logoMicrosoft have confirmed via an online event posting that the global launch of Windows Phone 7 will take place on 11 October 2010. See this event (now full) on Microsoft's website for the details of a T-Mobile launch event (one of a number of launch events happening globally on that date). The event invite is signed by Hemang Patel - Windows Phone Solutions Strategist (Microsoft).

Here is the Agenda:

  • 3:05 - 3:10 - Microsoft Executive Keynotes
  • 3:10 - 3:30 - Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft Products and solutions
  • 3:30 - 4:30 - T-Mobile reps will be present for device showing and their service offering discussion  / Microsoft developer architect will demonstrate Windows Phone 7 applications

Based on what I'm hearing these are the dates I expect handsets to be available to consumers around the world:

  • Australia/New Zealand - 21 October 2010
  • Asia - from 21 October 2010 (availability varies by country)
  • Europe - from 21 October 2010 (availability varies by country)
  • USA - 8 November 2010 (maybe this will move forward to line up with the rest of the world)

Due to timezone differences it's likely New Zealand will be the first country in the world to sell Windows Phone 7 handsets, followed soon after by Australia. Microsoft will neither confirm nor deny this information so it's vaguely possible that information that has leaked out so far is incorrect, however all will be revealed in just 7 days there isn't long to wait for full and final confirmation.

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