By Brandon Miniman | August 13, 2012 11:16 AM
We’ve been tipped to what appears to be a legitimate memo from a Microsoft hardware partner that specifies a specific launch date of the Windows Phone 8 platform. Previous rumors have specified an RTM of the software to occur in September, with the release of devices to happen in November of this year in time for the holidays. Further whispers have indicated perhaps an early launch of certain HTC Windows Phone 8 devices to materialize in September. And of course, we’re expecting to see Nokia devices running Microsoft’s updated platform at Nokia World next month.
The memo that we’ve received from a tipster specifies that the “initial announcement embargo date” of Windows Phone 8 will be on September 30, 2012. We’re a bit skeptical about that date because it’s a Sunday, but it’s possible that the embargo time would be something like 11:59pm, September 30, allowing news of the Windows Phone 8 launch to cross the wire for the start of the day on Monday, October 1. It’s conceivable that Microsoft will use Nokia World in early September to outline the consumer-facing features of Windows Phone 8, and that later that month, on September 30/October 1, they will offer further information about the exact timing of other hardware releases and when people can actually purchase the new devices.
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