Microsoft and Nokia have sent out invitations for a joint party to be held Aug. 17 at the GamesCon trade fair in Cologne, Germany, according to winrumors.
That’s led the::unwired to speculate about a possible August launch date — or at least the announcement of a future sale-start date — for a Mango-updated Windows Phone from Nokia. Recent speculation has put a launch in October.
We have a call in to Microsoft to find out more.
Update 9:55 a.m. Tues: We heard back from a Nokia rep, who says: “The save the date invitation was sent to local developers in Germany. The event is a party to engage local developers with both Nokia and Microsoft. This is not a media event.”
Update 2: A Microsoft spokesperson says: “The invite issued jointly by Nokia and Microsoft to an event in Cologne is intended for developers and relates to an informal gathering to introduce developers to both companies. No Nokia with Windows Phone products will be launched at that event.”
On July 26, the Windows Phone development team reached a milestone, signing off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Mango — the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system. The milestone means the software is ready for phone makers to install on new phones being built.
This presumably includes Nokia, which is expected to bring its first Windows Phone to market by the end of the year.
The Mango update will include many new features, such as Twitter and LinkedIn integration with the phone’s address book, multi-tasking applications, 3-D applications and more search features. Here is my predecessor Sharon Chan’s Seattle Times story on all the new features coming in Mango.