I suppose the phrase “don’t believe everything you read on the Internet” goes without saying. Until it doesn’t.
Moronic bloggers far and wide, accustomed to simply printing, reprinting, and re-reprinting every single bit of information that crosses Twitter, their RSS feeds, or their email inboxes, were bit this week by a pretty obvious hoax: Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed “Mango,” has been released to manufacturing (RTM), they boldly reported, and is heading out to the wireless carriers.
What a wonderful little bit of fiction, confirmed by Microsoft’s Bill Cox in a twitter post.
Here’s what’s really happening. Windows Phone “Mango” hasn’t yet hit the RC (release candidate) stage. It will do so in late August, about one month from now actually. Then, Microsoft will RTM Mango, probably in September, and then release it to the carriers. The first shipping Mango hardware should appear in October, exactly one year after the initial release of Windows Phone 7.
But then, this has always been the case. Nothing has changed. This schedule is the one I’ve been reporting all year.