Microsoft racing to get Windows Phone 8 finished on schedule

Microsoft racing to get Windows Phone 8 finished on schedule

The past couple of weeks have seen Nokia's first two Windows Phone 8 devices unveiled, as well as Samsung's ATIV S. We're expecting HTC to show its hand next week, while Sony Mobile has hinted at jumping on board the WinPho 8 bandwagon too.

So with actual devices being announced and shown off to the general public, the Windows Phone 8 software is obviously finished, right? Think again.

Microsoft may be the picture of serenity from the outside right now, but behind closed doors it's frantically racing at breakneck speed to get Windows Phone 8 ready on time, insider sources have revealed to The Verge.

WinPho 8 was originally scheduled to launch early next month, but now it seems October 29 is the target launch date, which will see the first WP8 devices only surfacing in November.

The delays have already had a significant impact. Both Nokia and Samsung were instructed not to let the tech press get too close a look at the next-generation OS at their respective device launches, not because it didn't want the OS' unannounced features revealed (as was claimed at the time), but because those features actually weren't there yet.

It also sheds some light on why Nokia failed to announce a firm release date for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 when they were unveiled. Simply put, there wasn't one.

The Verge's sources claim the delay isn't down to just one single issue, but rather a number of unexpected bugs and glitches that have cropped up during testing. HTC, we're told, has had particular difficulty in getting the software to play nice with its mobile hardware – which explains why it's a couple of weeks behind Nokia and Samsung in announcing its new WP8 product line.

As things stand, the October 29 launch is still on, but only just, and Microsoft is in the uncomfortable position of knowing that even a minor issue could prove a deal-breaker at this stage of the game.

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blizzard7  Sep. 12, 2012 at 11:04

If you can't commit to a date, Nokia should not have had an event. An event should be a maximum of a week away from launch.

Stelph  Sep. 12, 2012 at 11:09

If you can't commit to a date, Nokia should not have had an event. An event should be a maximum of a week away from launch.

Exactly, it demonstrates that the Nokia announcement was just a knee jerk reaction to Apples announcement of the iPhone 5, if they werent ready they shouldn't have shown the phone off really.

Much better to hold the unveil until the software is ready, and keep the leaks coming to keep people interested, rather than unveil too early so people forget about it once the next unveil is made

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2012 at 11:20

Agree. The Nokia event were a mistake - though I believe the 920 is a good device. But that is irrelevant. On the other hand, I'm sure the Verge are exaggerating.
It's unfortunate though, that Nokia haven't learned from the past - nor from current competition.

Pondlife  Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:20

How can they have a knee jerk reaction to something that's been expected since the 4s launched?

Not convinced they are exaggerating the issue that much, they've seen the 920 and used it, well the bits they were allowed to.

On the other hand, it wouldn't be a Nokia release without a load of bugs to be fixed anyway would it so why not throw it out now as usual

Stelph  Sep. 12, 2012 at 13:04

How can they have a knee jerk reaction to something that's been expected since the 4s launched?


You could say that about any phone, a sequel is always to be expected, however in this case it became apparent that Apple were aiming for an announcement around this week and Nokia made the decision to have their announcement before Apple in an attempt to steal their thunder and seemingly well before the phone and OS were finished.

If thats not a knee-jerk reaction I dont know what is.

Dont get me wrong tho, I am not a Nokia or WP hater (actually quite tempted if itll get me away from blinking iPhones) I am just pretty critical of Nokia's decision in this case to use a competitors calander to plan its own events, they should just let the phone speak for itself and announced it when it was able to be properly previewed and then brought to the market "immediately" after announcing it

Pondlife  Sep. 12, 2012 at 14:16

Still disagree that they did that. Would be pretty foolish if a week later their phones get peed on from a great height by the new i5.

I think they worked to their own timetable Nokia style (why worry about having anything ready) Just like the 808 at the beginning of the year which was solely their issue, no hanging on for MS there.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2012 at 15:13

Agree... look at the ridiculous delays of the E7 etc etc. Same goes for software updates. Strange, considering that Nokia have some excellent services with maps, mail, etc etc...
But they can't deliver firmware upgrades within any reasonable timeframe?

Pondlife  Sep. 12, 2012 at 19:52

IF they were rushing to beat Apple they may have wasted their time. Nokia's wares aren't looking off the pace, maybe HTC can inspire next week *almost kept a straight face* I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you pesky kids

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