updated 08:50 pm EDT, Thu July 14, 2011
Microsoft spoils WP7 Mango launch timing
Microsoft's Imagine Cup account on Twitter inadvertently gave away timing for the first Windows Phone 7 Mango devices through a Twitter post (since deleted). The company promised that the finalists in the student competition would all get "Windows Phone 7.5 Mango." Every winning student would get a phone with the new OS "by September."
The statement doesn't directly equate to a full, public launch of Mango in September, but it does hint that the OS will at least be ready by the same time. Microsoft is holding its Build developer event the same month and will probably want a complete OS, if not production hardware, to show.
Outside of the new misstep, Microsoft has only ever committed to fall for the new WP7 update. Its timing may depend on new hardware. This year, the hardware partners are expanding significantly and include very regional companies like Fujitsu and ZTE along with returning veterans like HTC, LG, and Samsung. [via Mobility Digest]