Windows Phone 7 is Gold! RTM shipped to launch partners

The day has finally come and Windows Phone 7 is now officially Gold and RTM. Microsoft Terry Myerson has just announced that Microsoft‘s next generation mobile platform is a go and shipping to partners and mobile operators Microsoft has also tweaked the Facebook integration so users can have better filtering control of the feed in the People hub (this is something Josh from Engadget asked for IIRC):

Today is the day that the Windows Phone team has been driving towards, and we’re very excited to say that we’ve reached the biggest milestone for our internal team – the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7! While the final integration of Windows Phone 7 with our partners’ hardware, software, and networks is underway, the work of our internal engineering team is largely complete.

Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released. 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.

I last posted on this blog when we reached the Technical Preview milestone, and we’ve received some great feedback since then which we’ve been able to respond to and improve the smart design throughout the OS. For example, folks loved the Facebook integration in the People Hub, but they also wanted ways to filter their contacts so only the Facebook friends they really know will show up in their contact list – we’ve added support for that. We’ve also made it easy to “like” a post right from the People Hub, or quickly post a message to someone’s Facebook wall directly.

This has been one of the most incredible product development efforts I’ve ever been a part of. 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.

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HTC HD7 rumor

Looks like we are about to get hit by a truckload of funky rumors (similar to the LG Appolo and HTC Obsession stuff…)before the official launch of Windows Phone 7 in October. The latest apparently appears in an O2 internal document (which is rather super easy to fake…maybe I should make vodafone one with an HTC TP7 listed in there…hmm) listing an HTC HD7 device as launching on October 18th (maybe this is the mysterious HTC NM8PC40100 or HTC T8788 device with the sliding speaker, remember that the HD2 is the T8585..). There’s isn’t much else to say here folks and don’t forget to check out my Windows Phone 7 application and vote for it!

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Ilomilo Interview with Southend Interactive

Ilomilo is probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 and XBLA game coming out this fall so I decided to ask Southend Interactive a couple questions about  the development process and Xbox Live features of the game. Ilomilo first started as an XBLA project and was later ported to Android to showcase Qualcomm’s MSM7X30 platform (and the Adreno 205 GPU) and is now a Windows Phone 7 launch title published by Microsoft Game Studios. Want to learn more about it? Check out the full interview with Ilomilo Associate Producer, Malte Olson:

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T-Mobile G2 / HTC Desire Z specifications ?

It looks like the official press shots of the  HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2  have leaked alongside a weird specs sheet that doesn’t seem to match the info that is present in the current leaked ROM:

•Android OS w/ HTC Sense
•3.7? Active Matrix OLED display
•1 GHz Snapdragon Processor
•Landscape slide-out QWERTY keyboard
•5MP camera with autofocus.
•3G HSPA+
•WiFi + Hotspot capabilities
•aGPS
•Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate

Remember that the  ROM reveales that the Chipset powering the device is an MSM7x30 and there’s no Sense UI at all on the G2. The 5MP camera is surprising given that HTC’s high-end devices now pack an 8MP sensor… What’s posted above is nothing more than the specs of the HTC Desire with an added keyboard…sounds kinda bogus to me. More at the September 15th event I guess..

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