The first batch of Windows Phone 7 mobiles will be appearing in Europe this October, a Microsoft official has let slip during a speech at a recent conference.
Microsoft's Kevin Turner explained the firm's plans for Windows Phone 7, highlighting in detail some previously unconfirmed information that was preserved for all to see in a video.
He said: "It has been tough – this is a lowlight. For me, the company, it's tough.
"But, you know what, in the October, November timeframe – October likely across Europe, November in the US – we are back in the game."
"There's 200 million smartphones right now being sold. When you think about what is going to happen in the next three to five years, there will be 400 to 450 million sold., maybe double the number. The opportunity we have is to really make change," Mr Turner continued.
Windows Phone 7 will have a user interface unlike anything that Microsoft has previously launched and is seen as the most significant progression for the firm, which has lost nearly a third of its market share in recent years.