Uh, oh, looks like Verizon has indeed distanced itself from Microsoft after the Kin debacle: the carrier confirmed to Bloomberg Businessweek today that it won't offer any Windows Phone 7 devices at launch this year, instead waiting until 2011 to support the new OS. That certainly ties right in with AT&T's claims that it'll be the "premier carrier" for Windows Phone 7 and the flood of Blue-tinteddeviceleaks we've seen, but it also leaves Microsoft in a seemingly tough spot to start -- we haven't heard more than the slightest whisper about WP7 devices on Sprint or T-Mobile yet, and until we do it's going to be the iPhone and WP7 head-to-head on Ma Bell while Android continues to dig in everywhere else. We'll see -- this launch can't come quickly enough.
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