Windows Phone 7 set for Oct. 11 launch, according to report

Meanwhile, Windows Phone 7-based handsets will ship later in October, as reported on Pocket-lint website

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Microsoft will launch Windows Phone 7 on Oct. 11 at an event in New York, according to a report on the Pocket-lint website.

Pocket-lint, which publishes gadget news and reviews, cited multiple Microsoft sources that it did not name.

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The site said that Windows Phone 7 mobiles will start shipping later in October. Officials at Microsoft could not be reached for comment on the report. On Sept. 1, Microsoft announced via a blog post that the reformulated operating system was finalized and had been released to manufacturers. Microsoft officials have at various times listed five makers of Windows Phone 7 devices: Asus, HTC, LG, Samsung, and Dell.

In September, though, a spokeswoman said Microsoft would only disclose the list of manufacturers named as partners in February at the Mobile World Congress, which includes the five listed above, along with Sony Ericsson and Toshiba.

The list of U.S. carriers of Windows 7 devices could include all four major U.S. firms: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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