Windows Phone 7 now final, released to manufacturers

Windows Phone 7 going gold
Windows Phone 7 going gold

Terry Myerson has announced on Microsoft’s Windows Team Blog that Windows Phone 7 has now been finalized and released to manufacturers for loading onto devices.

Today is the day that the Windows Phone team has been driving towards, and we’re very excited to say that we’ve reached the biggest milestone for our internal team – the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7!  While the final integration of Windows Phone 7 with our partners’ hardware, software, and networks is underway, the work of our internal engineering team is largely complete.

The final version of Windows Phone 7 will include features not seen in the preview version so far, including the ability to filter facebook contacts which will be integrated into the contact list, said Myers, and also the ability to “like” a post directly from the people’s hub, and reply to a comment.

Myers also Windows Phone 7 the “most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released”, saying:

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.

Hopefully all this testing will result in an extremely bug-free and smooth-running operating system, likely helped by the lack of unpredictable interactions by the lack of native access to the system by third party applications and the lack of multi-tasking for the same apps.

Read the full post here.