By Stephen Schenck | August 11, 2011 11:22 AM
We’ve been expecting Microsoft to flip the switch on Windows Phone 7 Mango sometime this fall, with the release of new Mango-running hardware and the distribution of software updates to bring the revamped OS to older WP7 models. A new rumor says that we might be getting that juicy Mango action a little bit sooner than fall, with claims that Microsoft will kick things off on September 1.
Pocket-lint cites “multiple trusted sources” as confirming this date, which would fall one day before the official start of the IFA 2011 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. Presumably, many of those Mango-running smartphones would be up for display at the show following Microsoft’s announcement.
If this news pans out, it could be in reaction to the rumors that Apple will first announce its next iPhone later this month, with sales to start sometime in September. Were Microsoft to wait until fall formally begins, it might find that too many on-the-fence consumers have elected to go with Apple, if only because its phone was presently available.
For now, this one’s still very much in rumor territory, but if there’s some truth to it, we might hope to see invitations to Microsoft’s event start to head out in the near future.