Microsoft is getting ready to officially launch the newest iteration of its mobile operating system. This version has so far been referred to by its codename – Windows Phone Tango. However, it will be known as Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh when it lands on the market.
Speaking of which, the launch is scheduled for March 21, and it will take place in China. Which is quite a good choice, since one of the main new features in Tango is extended localization support. Tango also works on lower-end hardware than previous versions, basically allowing phones such as the recently announced Nokia Lumia 610 to exist.
The first Windows Phone to arrive in China was the HTC Triumph, which has become available yesterday. So it looks like HTC didn’t want to wait for the official unveiling of the new Windows Phone. That may have something to do with the Taiwanese company perhaps wanting to be the first in China, since Nokia will launch its first Windows Phones for the Chinese market on March 28.
The image you see above represents the invite sent by Microsoft to members of the Chinese press for the event on March 21. So this is it, folks. Start counting down.
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