Yesterday, September 1, Microsoft announced the Release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7! To hardware manufacturers and other service partners, this means they can start finalizing the drivers and other services oriented towards Windows Phone 7.
For mobile enthusiasts like me, there is no official hardware release date yet, but rumors are it could be somewhere in October. For Windows Phone 7 Developers, check out the Windows Phone 7 resources for developers.
Terry Myerson, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Windows Phone Engineering in his blog quoted:
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.
After the recent debacle of the short-lived Kin cell phone, Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s answer to its competitors on the mobile space and I hope Microsoft can provide a great mobile OS to users!