Rumors Indicate Windows Phone 8 RTM In September, November Debut
The rumor mill is in motion regarding the next mobile platform to come out of Redmond. According to information received from one source based in Spain, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley unveiled that there is a chance of a split Windows 8-Windows Phone 8 launch (Windows 8 is expected to land on October 26).
According to the source, Windows Phone 8 would go RTM (released to manufacturing) in September followed by a debut two month later, in November. However, Stephen Elop told the New York Times that Lumia sales will be further lifted by Windows Phone 8, coming in October. This could mean either one of the two following things: Mary Jo Foley’s Spanish source got the information wrong regarding a November debut and Stephen Elop knows better or that Nokia will be given a one-month head start on the market with Windows Phone 8. Given the special relationship between Microsoft and Nokia this could be achievable but it would be an action definitely frowned upon by other OEMs.