Microsoft [MSFT] has announced that Windows Phone 7 has now been released to manufacturing, which means that smartphone manufacturers can now start producing Windows Phone 7 smartphones.
We can expect to see quite a few different Windows Phone 7 smartphones released just in time for the Christmas shopping season, we have already seen quite a few different prototype devices from a number of different smartphone makers.
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.
It will be interesting to see f Microsoft can make Windows Phone 7 a success, and whether it will be able to compete with other popular platforms like Google Android, Apples iOS, and Palm’s webOS.
If you get a chance read our Samsung Omnia 7 Review to see what we thought of Windows Phone 7.