This is sure to test the patience of even the most loyal WinMo users, after having to put up with a fair old wait to get their hands on 6.5 as well.
It was during a Q&A session at the Connect! technology summit that the delay was confirmed by Microsoft UK head of mobility Phil Moore.
He said: "It has been put back until late next year but it is definitely coming. You’re going to see a lot more on Windows Mobile 7. Giving the enterprise users and consumers what they want will be part of Windows Mobile 7. You’ll get flexibility on a much easier touch UI."
It all sounds promising but a late 2010 launch is a frustratingly long way away.
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