Microsoft has begun planning a launch event for its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
The company has invited members of the press to RSVP for a special event on 29 October in San Francisco. Titled "Meet Windows Phone 8," the event is scheduled to take place at an undisclosed location in the city.
The launch confirms earlier estimates that Microsoft would be releasing the next version of its smartphone platform in late October, shortly after the company releases to the general public its Windows 8 PC platform.
Microsoft has already showcased Windows Phone 8 on a number of device designs from its OEM partners. Vendors including Nokia and HTC have opted to make Windows Phone 8 the platform of choice for their latest handsets.
While the handsets themselves earned positive reviews in initial testing from V3, the software platform itself has yet to be extensively examined and remains something of a mystery.
The releases of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will also mark a departure by Microsoft from many of its rivals in the mobile space. While the Android and iOS platforms have scaled their tablet builds up from the initial smartphone platforms, Microsoft has instead opted to build a unique OS for smartphone handsets and power tablets with an adapted version of the Windows desktop operating system.
V3 will have live on-location coverage of the launch event on 29 October.
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