Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft, introduces the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system in San Francisco. (Photo : Reuters)
Microsoft's Windows 8 phone is reported to be released in November, instead of the initial date of Oct. 26.
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley stated that one of their sources informed about several possible release dates, among those include the Windows Phone 8 handsets, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure, and Office 15.
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The Office 15 release date is scheduled for a February 2013 date, while Visual Studios and Windows Azure are set for this September.
"I had heard previously some talk that Microsoft might be working to hold some kind of a "launch" where it could announce immediate availability of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, but based on these new dates, it looks like any kind of orchestrated launch event would seem to need to be later than October 26," said Foley.
Meanwhile, handset maker Nokia hopes the upcoming Windows Phone 8 will boost sales of their devices after losing millions of dollars in sales.
In a conference call about Nokia's earning, CEO Stephen Elop said they're not making any specific announcements, "But one of the things - just to give a signal in this direction, on a number of occasions, Windows Phone 8 has been demonstrated. It's been demonstrated on Nokia hardware. We're working with them every single day on the initial hardware platforms and everything. So clearly, we have a very close relationship that is not the same as what anyone else has at this point. So the relationships are good there."
According to TheNextWeb, Windows Phone 8 won't run on any current Windows Phone handsets. All phones sold through November "won't be able to make the hop to the latest code. Any Windows Phone handset sold before Windows Phone 8 will be permanently stuck in a technological cul-de-sac."
Some of the features in the latest Windows Phone include a wider start screen covering the whole width of the screen, giving users the ability to swipe for more apps rather than moving the pointer on the screen. The main screen can also be arranged by users. The interface is correlated to the size of the tiles. Windows Phone 8 will have ian increased GPU speed, providing better gaming opportunities. Greater GPU can help developers to create 3D graphics. Other features include navigation, speech recognition, and video calling.
"We're making Windows Phone 8 even more personal, with a new palette of theme colors and three sizes of Live Tiles, all of which are under your control," according to a statement from Microsoft. "We know Live Tiles are one of the things current owners really love about their Windows Phones, and we wanted to make them even more flexible and unique."
The November release date could be timed with the holiday shopping season.