Microsoft COO Kevin Turner has announced, without giving out actual dates, a more specific launch schedule. He has given a timeframe more specific than the already known and vague “holiday season” timeframe and has said that the smartphones will become available in October for Europe and November for the US. His exact words were “In October likely across Europe and November likely across the US we’ll be back in this game.” Dates (months) for devices bound for other markets were not revealed, but they are expected to be around the same timeframe, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The Windows Phone Marketplace will go live in 17 countries from day #1, these will include Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK for the European markets; United States, Canada and Mexico for the initial launch in the Americas; and Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand and Singapore for the Asia-Pacific marketplace.
It should be expected that devices will become immediately available for the countries where the marketplace is going to be available, but no more specifics were provided.
Additional confirmations were given for the launch of devices by Samsung, HTC, Dell, LG and ASUS on or shortly after OS launch. These companies had already been confirmed previously.