updated 10:55 pm EDT, Sun October 3, 2010
Microsoft says WP7 event to include T-Mobile
Microsoft has quietly detailed that its widely known October 11 event is actually a worldwide launch for Windows Phone 7. The New York City gathering will not only have the first devices and apps but include T-Mobile, not just AT&T. Previously, Microsoft had only mentioned AT&T as a partner.
The second carrier points to some extra devices, such as the HTC HD7 and LG Optimus T, making an appearance. AT&T's mix should include the finished version of the HTC Mondrian, the LG Optimus 7 and the Samsung Cetus. Most have the common traits of a 3.5-inch or larger 800x480 touchscreen, a 1GHz processor, a five-megapixel or better camera and at least 8GB of built-in storage.
The event should be one of the most critical in Microsoft's mobile history as it marks a complete restart of the platform in most areas. Windows Mobile, which will now be relegated mostly to the developing world and enterprise, has been falling rapidly in market share. Many of Microsoft's customers have left for Android or an iPhone, and most of its partners have mostly or completely dropped Windows Mobile in favor of Android to keep their sales from falling.
Microsoft on Friday raised suspicions by suing Motorola over Android patents in what's been seen as a partly retaliatory move. Critics have suspected that a licensing deal with HTC avoided a lawsuit after HTC renewed plans to sell Windows Phone devices. Motorola, however, has no known plans in the near term to return to Microsoft and is largely committed to Android.