Microsoft has finally confirmed that Dell and HTC will be making Windows Phone 7 phones, in addition to ASUS, LG, and Samsung who had already been previously confirmed. However, the company didn’t declared any specific dates for the launch of the new mobile phone operating system.
Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Microsoft, told Pocket-lint that we could expect handsets from Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung at the launch later this year. “We want as many people as possible to be able to get it”, Sullivan told Pocket-lint.”We will offer the best aspects of Android and the best of the iPhone, giving users the flexibility of different form factors, but with the rigidity of apps that is guaranteed to work on every device that is out there. By the time we will launch, we won’t have to worry about stealing customers from other operating systems, there will a new wave of smartphone users to embrace for us to still be successful”, he added.
It’s a strategy that Microsoft believes will bring it success. Sullivan told us that Microsoft believes it can quickly leapfrog operating systems like Palm’s webOS, Nokia’s MeeGo and Symbian platforms, Qualcomm’s Brew MP, and Samsung’s Bada, to become one of the top four operating systems on the market. It hopes to be pitched in with Google (Android), Apple (iPhone), and RIM (BlackBerry).
So what all can we expect are as follows:
Microsoft is no stranger to having partners galore in the phone business, but its lineup of manufacturers for the upcoming, surprisingly promising Windows Phone 7 launch is no less impressive.