Microsoft fighting to get Windows Phone 8 RTM on schedule
September 12, 2012 at 13:19 GMT | By John Williams
Microsoft have been worryingly coy about the Windows Phone 8 release date, choosing to offer ambiguous "Q4" answers when prompted. The Verge reports that the Redmond giant has not yet finished the Windows Phone 8 software and is now working overtime to ensure Windows Phone 8 launches on schedule. This goes a long way in explaining why Nokia and Samsung were instructed not to let the press get a look at the Windows Phone 8 software at their respective device launches.
Windows Phone 8 was originally scheduled to launch in early October, but now it seems October 29 is the targeted launch date, with devices coming out rolling out in November. It also sheds some light on why Nokia failed to announce firm release date for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 when they were unveiled. Apparently, the delay isn't down to just one single issue, but rather a number of unexpected bugs and glitches that have cropped up during testing. HTC in particular, are said to have had great difficulty in getting the software to work with its hardware.
Apple have proved that the strategy of announcing a device and launching it within days while their frenzied iSheep are still in a stupor is the way to go. The delay will no doubt affect Nokia and Microsoft's chances of catching up with Google's Android and Apple's iOS ecosystems. Microsoft need to look up the meaning of the proverb "strike the iron while it's still hot"!!!
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