Windows Phone 7 set for October 11 launch?

Chalk this up as probable rumor, but Pocket-lint has confirmed with multiple reliable sources that Microsoft will officially kick off its global launch of Windows Phone 7 on Monday October 11, 2010 at an event in New York City. Windows Phone 7, which recently went Gold Master and has had numerous handsets leak online, is Microsoft’s bid to recapture the smartphone market it once dominated with Windows Mobile.

With the paradigm shift in mobile computing led by Apple’s iPhone in 2007 and its iPhone OS — now iOS — and continued by Google’s open-source entrant Android, Windows Mobile has slipped to near oblivion in mobile OS market share. Microsoft is betting big on its complete do-over having built Windows Phone 7 from scratch to better compete in an increasingly consumer-oriented phone economy, hoping its unique blend of services can alleviate its tardiness to market. With a portfolio that boasts the likes of Zune, Xbox, Office, Exchange, and Silverlight — all ready to seamlessly integrate into the Windows Phone 7 experience — Microsoft may be late to the party, but still has a viable chance of becoming the belle of the ball.

Source: Pocket-lint via Engadget