Yesterday Microsoft showed of the next Windows Phone 7 OS dubbed Mango. The release of the major upgrade of the Windows Phone is in early fall. Nokia is one of the major hardware partners of Microsoft. Initially Nokia said to plan a 2012 release of the first Nokia Windows Phone. Reuters carries a story from Taiwan's Commercial Times today that says Nokia is already shipping the first Windows Phone end of the year.
The Taiwanese handset maker Compal is supposed to already received orders to produce two Nokia Windows Phones. One has a full touchscreen and the other features also a keypad.
It will be a hot Holiday Shopping season with tons of new smartphones hitting the market. How much of a role Windows Phones will play in the crucial Holiday shopping quarter is still unclear. Android and Appple iOS phones will still dominate.