The timing of the Motorola lawsuit was not coincidental — it’s all part of the Windows Phone 7 ramp-up:
Microsoft Corp. will formally unveil a lineup of smartphones using
the revamped version of its mobile operating system on Oct. 11,
and AT&T Inc. will begin offering them four weeks later, according
to people familiar with the launch plans.
The launch — centered in New York with satellite events
elsewhere — is crucial for Microsoft, which has been battered by
Apple Inc.’s iPhone and a wave of flashier consumer friendly
devices using Google Inc.’s Android mobile software.