are expecting big things out of Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft is
doing its best to make sure that the launch of its next generation
smartphone operating system goes smoothly. Today, Terry Myerson
announced on the Windows Team Blog that Windows
Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing (RTM).
means that all of Microsoft's hardware launch partners will have
production-ready software to test on their upcoming smartphones.
Windows Phone 7's official
U.S. retail launch expected to happen this November.
had this to say about this milestone for Windows Phone 7:
Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has
ever released. We 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. We’ve had thousands of independent software vendors
and early adopters testing our software and giving us great feedback.
We are ready.
has an uphill battle after Windows Mobile 6.x got smacked around by
RIM, Apple, and Google. While Microsoft was once a dominant force in
the smartphone market, Windows Mobile 6.x become an also-ran while
has risen to the top of the ranks in the U.S. smartphone market.
will also have to contend with the fact that such features as native
copy/paste, and memory card support won't be available in the
initial release of Windows Phone 7.