Ballmer: Windows Phone Mango handsets are “coming out this Christmas”

New devices running Windows Phone Mango, Microsoft’s refreshed OS that should “push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet”, might not debut as soon as you’d expect.

Back in May, when the new platform was announced, Microsoft said that it would be available “this fall.”

However, speaking at a Microsoft event (Imagine Cup 2011) recently, Steve Ballmer didn’t use “fall” when discussing about the arrival of the second generation of Windows Phone handsets. He only said that they’re “coming out this Christmas.”

Here’s the full quote, taken from Microsoft’s website:

Windows Phone. You know, a year ago we didn’t have a phone in the market. Now, we’re charging forward with Nokia. We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas, and people are starting to do things they had never imagined before. I love the applications that I saw for the Windows Phone from the people in this room, and the way you’re pushing that device, and using that device. It was really exciting for me.

Of course, the very first WP Mango devices may be actually released in October or November, but it looks like Ballmer isn’t sure of this yet.

Apart from Nokia, other important smartphone makers that will launch Windows Phone Mango devices are: HTC, Samsung, LG, and Dell.

Via Neowin, WMPowerUser

Author: Florin

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  • http://www.mobileinfoplanet.com MIP

    Even if WP7 were out tomorrow it would still be a big no-go due to the platform’s limited/crippled features:

    http://www.mobileinfoplanet.com/2011/07/06/a-reason-alone-not-to-buy-wp7-even-with-mango/

  • http://www.mobileinfoplanet.com MIP

    Even if WP7 were out tomorrow it would still be a big no-go due to the platform’s limited/crippled features:

    http://www.mobileinfoplanet.com/2011/07/06/a-reason-alone-not-to-buy-wp7-even-with-mango/

  • http://twitter.com/theElGrande Michael Lewis

    Hey MIP, if you weren’t “iNaive” you probably would want a mango powered phone because it’s definitely ahead of the pack in the categories most users are looking for.
    You are quoting another iNaive source which has no merit. Simply searching for mango reviews will produce a wealth of extremely favorable reviews. I’m typing this now on my mango powered Focus and after using ALL major platforms this is BY FAR the best.  And no I don’t need a few hundred thousand apps.  Everything  I need is baked into this awesome mango OS.

  • Anonymous

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    http://blogs.rediff.com/nitricoxide/    

  • Anonymous

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  • http://www.mobileinfoplanet.com MIP

    Why doesn’t it have any “merit”? Given that you say you have Mango on your phone, I would have expected that you explain what facts are wrong in that post and then an explanation of how multitasking in Mango *really* works, instead of simply hyping the platform.

    It obviously remains to be seen if Mango is what “most users are looking for”, but what you should be concerned about is: when “most users were looking for” the iPhone1, did you buy one as well only because “most users” wanted one? Is what “most users” want *your* criteria for deciding what’s good and bad or if it’s good enough for you? Because, again, “most users” did buy the iPhone1 even though it was severely crippled, which, according to your logic, should have made you happy as well, right?
    And yet people say that iPhone users are like sheep….