Windows 10 Mobile coming in November says Microsoft executive

Windows 10 Mobile coming in November says Microsoft executive
If you're wondering when Windows 10 Mobile might be released, the most reliable information we've seen yet came today from a Microsoft executive in South Africa. Anthony Doherty, Windows and Surface Business Group Lead at Microsoft SA, told iAfrica.com that the new OS build could come during the "November timeframe."

Doherty also addressed some of the things that have been going on at Microsoft, such as the recent job cuts, which he said had to do with overlapping employees in engineering, sales and marketing. The job cuts, he said, "were long in coming.

For those Windows Phone fans upset because Microsoft has been writing apps for Android and iOS, Doherty says that this is not because the company is giving up on Windows Phone. He says that Windows 10 Mobile is not code complete and added that Microsoft wants mobile users to "get access to the toolsets they prefer and love, across any ecosystem. That's been our strategy all along."


If you're a Windows Phone user waiting for the update, circle the month of November for now. Future leaks will no doubt narrow that down quite a bit.

source: iAfrica via WMPoweruser

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22 Comments

1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

The cellular equivalent of a caveman in the evolutionary chain...

4. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Don't agree. The only thing that will be primitive about it will be it's app market. I'm pretty sure the hardware and OS will be state of the art.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

He's only trolling people (usually unsuccessful).

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

2% marketshare. You mad, nerd?

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"You mad, nerd?". Hit a nerve? Keep the rage coming.

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

That would be time when new surface would launch.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

There has been zero gossip about a new Surface as far as I have heard.

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Why so late damnit

6. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

If you want to run it now on one of the supported devices(mostly Lumias), you can still join the insider program. It is currently stable enough to use as a daily driver(imo).

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1499; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Come on WP fans, you should be upset over this. In order for W10 to be successful people need to buy in to it but by November 95% of shoppers will either have the S6, S6plus, Note 5, iPhone 6s and no one will pay attention to Windows.

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

At this point, Windows 10 just needs to launch and get back in the game. Any momentum from WP8 is shot. MS needs to prove they are serious about their OS and get this horse to the freaking market. When it gets released is academic at this point. Honestly, from a business side of things waiting until Jan or Feb of 2016 makes more sense- it is a dead time for cell phone releases and MS could have the headlines in the tech world to themselves. I am happy I will have options before the end of the year. This is not a product that can compete with Apple and Samsung at this point. It just needs to get out there and rebuild mindshare.

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

They may perhaps unveil the flagships before the launch of Windows 10 mobile, and before people can buy the s6 plus, note 5 and Iphone 6s. I doubt Microsoft would be so naive to not at least unveil their flagships before these other devices become available, so that some may wait to get one of the flagship Microsoft devices after being enticed by its capabilities. People will pay attention regardless because these will be the first Microsoft branded flagships and Microsoft will probably not hold back with advertising(hopefully the advertisements will be better than those for Windows 10, which weren't bad, but could be better, perhaps it appealed better to people who actually like small children). The coming flagships should be hard to ignore.

15. Derekjeter

Posts: 1499; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

if they do release or announce a flagship before the heavy weights, that phone must come with some cool, new feature no one has. I don't see anyone with a WP now and with this launch waiting till November it will be a while before I ever see one again. What's going to make a huge difference will be the sales people at store level. Verizon reps are taught to sell Android first Apple second, blackberry third, feature phones fourth ,simple flip phones fifth then WP last. The OS might be the coolest thing ever but with reps steering people to other products no way I see them selling more than a million flagships in a couple of months.

19. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The flagships will come with an Iris scanner for security(which is one of he cool new features, remember when apple first introduced a fingerprint scanner, people rushed to buy it), which is something that none of the heavy weights have on their flagships, they all use fingerprint scanners if they go for biometric security at all. Another cool new feature will be continuum for phones, basically connecting your windows phone to a keyboard, mouse and tv or monitor, and then it scales up to look and behave as if its full Windows 10. The universal applications will look like they do on full windows, such as the microsoft office applications. People who use microsoft office on a regular basis on their mobile device will be enticed by this feature. Businesses may decided to buy their employees phones to use instead of laptops. And then just have docks in various locations. Windows 10 mobile really brings more power and capabilities to the user. Android cannot do this. When you connect an android device to an external monitor, it still looks and behaves like a phone would. The android apps do not change the way they deploy, they still launch full screen the same way they would on a phone.

13. TheUndernet

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

as an owner of a Lumia 930(with insider preview), 920, and 2 L520s .... YES I AGREE!! WHY SO DAMN LATE?! I'm so disappointed....im about to buy a Oneplus 2 or an S6 and get on with life....

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wouldn't give up my 930 or 1520 for an S6, I get to deal with them daily in tech, and in reality not much difference other than apps. Save your cash buy a Surface 3 to compliment your phone.

18. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is the official Windows 10 Mobile release for everyone else. I believe Microsoft will release the two Lumia 950 and 950XL flagships in October which most diehard Windows Phone fans will be eager to upgrade to anyway. In that sense I don't think we have anything to be mad about. Now however if Microsoft indeed delays this launch of the flagships into mid to late November that will be something to be very upset about because of the reality of a huge missed opportunity. If they go the exclusive route as well with this release they will again miss out on a huge number of potential customers but from the loyal fanbase. Fall is coming and with it a storm of great and upgrade worthy devices. Microsoft CANNOT simply show up last and expect to have the best outcome.

20. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

They can have their devices available last, but as long as they show them off and advertise before the competition becomes available, then I don't think there will be any issues. Anyone who isn't brand loyal is going to look at the Lumia 950 and 950xl and Windows 10 mobile, thinking, "Wow, that really is a great device and can do so much more than these other phones can, I'll wait to get one of those instead.". Not to mention businesses, businesses are typically very slow when buying new anything, they always consider all of their options before buying(unless they have some sort of contract with a company). Businesses may want to replace company issues Iphones or androids or blackberries with the new flagships, as Windows 10 mobile is more secure than Android and IOS and is more capable, and capable of replacing company issued laptops(with the laptops primarily being used for watching training videos or sending and receiving emails). Although, these flagships aren't specifically tailored for business, Satya Nadella has said that there will be devices specifically tailored to enterprise customers.

21. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah I agree they must at least give people something to think about who aren't upgrading just to have the newest phone. But if Microsoft allows both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 Edge Plus (which is already happening in August now) and the iPhone 6S/6S Plus (which we know is happening in September and will be available right after) to be announced and launched before they even announce these highly capable flagships many of consumers will already be locked in and in love with their new phone's before they even get a chance to show the world why they should choose them over the competition. They have to at least make an official announcement at IFA.

22. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Well, Microsoft is introducing new hardware at IFA, so perhaps they will.

8. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Same date said in the email they sent me, but win 10 for computers starts to roll out today.

10. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

November seems a lot farther off than it actually is. Be fun to see a good launch for this.

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