Today, Peter Wissinger, Microsoft's director of Mobile Business in the Nordic countries, released an official statement via Twitter on the "Mango" Windows Phone 7 status in Swedish:
Here is the translated bit:
"Now it's up to our manufacturing partners to release Mango to our customers. Microsoft has delivered complete Mango earlier than planned to the manufacturers. Feels good now."
The only hang-up: Just because Microsoft finished Mango a bit early doesn't mean that its OEM partners are ready to rock and roll. Currently, Microsoft's list of hardware partners includes HTC, LG, Samsung, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE Corporation and, of course, Nokia.
There's really no telling how long it will take http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/19/microsoft-windows-phone-mango-is-done-manufacturers-just-need-to-release-it/manufacturers to get their WP7 Mango-powered devices out, nor when we might expect non-Mango devices to start seeing updates -- but from this point on, the ball is out of Microsoft's court.