Pocket-lint is citing “multiple sources familiar with the matter” in reporting that Microsoft will officially launch Windows Phone 7 on October 11th, at an event in New York City that will supposedly be rebroadcast worldwide. The publication claims that one of its sources, said to be “senior figures within the industry,” states that actual hardware will be available by the end of the month.
With Redmond having said from day one that it intended to launch its completely overhauled, do-or-die mobile operating system in time for the holidays, October has generally been rumored as the likely window for devices to begin hitting shelves. Also suggestive of an impending launch is the fact that WP7 was just released to manufacturers, most of whom likely had their assembly lines on idle just waiting to flash the official ROM onto already-completed products.
Still, even if these sources are correct, Microsoft has known its share of delays when rolling out new product — the long road to Vista being the most obvious example — so we’re not entering anything into Outlook until we get our official launch event invite, hand-delivered by Joe Belfiore himself.