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.