Windows Phone 8 Launch Hit By Delays

    September 12, 2012
    Zach Walton
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The iPhone 5 is going to be revealed today. We can also expect the device to actually launch later this month on September 21. There are other phones on the market, like Samsung’s Galaxy S III, that might challenge the iPhone 5, but Windows Phone 8 isn’t going to be one of them.

A report out of The Verge indicates that Microsoft isn’t finished with the core software in Windows Phone 8. They put on a strong showing, even with faked ads, at a joint press event with Nokia. Other manufacturers, like Samsung, are also beginning to show off their Windows 8 handsets. It seems that the only company who’s not ready for the launch of Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft.

Windows Phone 8 was expected to launch in early October. This would have put it ahead of the launch of Windows 8 and would have given Microsoft enough breathing room to effectively market both. That launch date is now gone and replaced with a tentative October 29 launch, only three days after the launch of Windows 8.

The main culprit behind the delay is testing on the part of handset manufacturers and carriers. The Verge says that HTC seems to be the manufacturer having the most trouble with Windows 8, but carrier testing may push the launch back even further as they wait for HTC to get it together.

A delay into late October/early November could really hurt Microsoft’s momentum in going forward with Windows Phone 8. They advertise it as the next best thing, but the iPhone 5 will have been on the market for a month before Microsoft is able to push out their Windows 8 handset. Any momentum they may have gained by showing off the Lumia 920 before the iPhone 5 reveal has just been killed.

I still believe in a future where Windows Phone 8 will meet with some success, but Microsoft is getting off to a rocky start. They’re going to have to really push Windows Phone 8 this holiday season if they want to have a decent end of year showing.

  • http://www.skyledavis.com S. Kyle Davis

    Overall, a relatively fair article. However, I think the mention of the “faked ads” was needlessly pejorative. It makes it sound like they faked functionality of the OS. Instead, the issue was regarding Nokia’s hardware, and even then it was less of a true fake as it was simply improprly labeled advertising. If the ad said “Demonstration” at the bottom, it wouldn’t have been an issue.

  • Jason

    I broke my Samsung Focus WP7 and I am using my antique iPhone while I patiently wait for Nokia’s Lumis 920. I liked WP7 and I am sure WP8 will be worth waiting for.

  • Rick

    The release date of WP8 has always been right around the release of Windows 8; at the end of October. It’s only logical.
    Further, if availability of the iPhone 5 is Sept 21st, it’s not 2 months to Oct 29th, as stated in your article.
    If you’re after credibility, you need to begin using facts in your write-ups.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Thanks for pointing that out! I got my months mixed up, but it’s been corrected.

  • Dayo

    Zach, its kind of interesting that you see a major failure in 3 days difference. W8P released Oct. 29 versus Oct. 26 In your non-Biased opinion of windows product, people that opt to wait until Oct 26, could just not stand 3 more days and would say… Thats it, Iphone5 it is. “Who Knew”

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      I never said that the time difference between WP8 and Windows 8 was going to be a deal breaker. The month’s wait between the iPhone 5 and WP8 may be a different story. Die-hard Windows fans will wait, but the average consumer who was interested in Windows Phone 8 may already be swept away by the iPhone 5 hype before then.

  • Zarniw0Op

    WTF is holiday season? Do you mean Chrsitmas? If so, why don’t you say Christmas?

    • Blah

      Whoa…someone is having a bad day…

      • John Harms

        What do you mean holiday season? Do you mean Winter Solstice? If so, why don’t you say Winter Solstice?

  • Howard Abraham

    Given that today’s iPhone 5 announcement was nothing more than a hardware refresh with table stakes features, I don’t think a 30-day delay will affect WP8 sales much.

    Furthermore, since Apple obviously pulled the iPad Mini and threw in the Foo Fighters as a 20-minute filler, holiday 2012 could very well be owned by Win8 devices like the MS Surface. Cross-market tablets with phones and this could very well be a turning point for MS.