Microsoft officially lifted the lid on Windows Phone 8, or “Apollo”, back in June, and the assumption has been that it’ll land around the same time as Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface et al, namely end of Octoberish.
Sounds like Microsoft is vaguely on target, as Windows Phone 8 is said to have hit the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) stage.
That’s the news from a number of people, including sources of Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, with additional independent confirmation coming from The Verge. Incidentally, Foley's hearing October 29 for a Windows Phone 8 launch, with handsets following shortly thereafter.
Perhaps most incriminating of all, with regards to RTM, is the picture above. It was posted over on Chinese site LiveSino, with the headline Windows Phone 8 RTM!
Supposedly that’s Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone, signing off on the release.
That means all that’s left is for Windows Phone 8 OEMs to copy and paste the release onto their Windows Phone 8 handsets, and we’re good to go. Ahem.
Oh, and HTC has an event scheduled for September 19. The Taiwanese manufacturer is expected to officially unveil its first Windows Phone 8 efforts. We’ve heard rumours of a trio of players, namely the HTC Zenith, Accord and Rio.
In the meantime, check out Eight things you need to know about Windows Phone 8.