posted by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:41 UTC
IconIt's been only a mere six months since its first unveiling, but Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing. This means device makers can start tuning the software to their hardware, leaving plenty of time to release devices before the holiday season.

The news was announced by Microsoft's Terry Myerson. "Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released,"he details, "We had nearly ten thousand devices running automated tests daily, over a half million hours of active self-hosting use, over three and a half million hours of stress test passes, and eight and a half million hours of fully automated test passes. We've had thousands of independent software vendors and early adopters testing our software and giving us great feedback. We are ready."

Changes were made according to user feedback during the testing phase, and considering all these testing hours put in it ought to be relatively solid release. Whether the market will actually accept yet another mobile operating system is another story.

"This has been one of the most incredible product development efforts I've ever been a part of," Myerson writes, "Today's milestone is exciting not just because of what we'll deliver to customers later this year, but how it sets us up for success over the long term in the mobile space... We're really just getting started."

Microsoft has a lot riding on this. Also, I think Steve Ballmer's future pretty much hinges upon this launch.

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