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Windows Phone 8 So Very Close

The iPhone 5 is close to shipping, driving Apple stock to an all-time high -- and I think it's an unsustainable high (although the P/E ratio of around 16 isn't as out of line as I thought it would be).

With far less fanfare, Windows Phone 8 is also imminent, having gained release-to-manufacturing status. I guess it takes about six weeks for OEMs to turn these things around.  The launch date is now expected to be Oct 29, with shipments soon after.

I still hear good things about the phone, but I think the real movement will come from enterprise customers who may see tight integration with corporate apps, and some aggressive moves by OEMs such as Nokia making us offers we can't refuse.

Do you see a Win 8 phone in your future, perhaps tying it into Lync? Mail me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/19/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Wed, Sep 19, 2012 B. Gone

20+ million phone orders lost already due to shipping after Apple. The phones ro date are ok nothing great. Corporate maybe the only saving grace but look what happend to Blackberry in the end. The only chance Microsoft had was allowing user to build and run ther own apps without going through the app store. ARRRRGGGGG. If you hear a flushing sound then It could just be a slow painful spiral till its over.

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