Coming shortly after Microsoft’s announcement that Windows 8 will be available to the general public on October 26, rumors have now begun to surface that the next version of the company’s mobile OS, Windows Phone 8, will be available on its first wave of devices sometime in November.
An inside source informed ZDnet’s Mary Jo Foley about WP8 being made available to the general public in November, along with a number of other supposed general availability launch timeframes, including Office 15 (February 2013), Microsoft Dynamics NAV (October), Visual Studio 2012 (September), and the latest Windows Azure updates (September).
The only confusing part about this news is that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop recently told the New York Times that the Windows Phone 8 OS would be released in October. This may seem like conflicting information, but as Foley pointed out, it may just mean that it’s being released to phone makers during that time, or perhaps Nokia will be allowed to release WP8 handsets before other manufacturers. There’s also the fact that there have been times in the past when Microsoft has technically “launched” products without them actually becoming available to the public immediately, so this could be one of those cases.
For more information on Windows Phone 8, check out our preview of this upcoming operating system.