Windows Phone Apollo confirmed for 2012 release by Nokia

Engadget is reporting that Nokia have confirmed a 2012 release date for Windows Phone 8 codenamed Apollo.

A top Nokia exec just confirmed the much-rumored schedule for the next Windows Phone update, codenamed Apollo. Michael Halbherr, Executive VP for Location and Commerce, told us that it’ll launch in mid-2012 and be a “very different game” to Mango — hinting that Apollo actually refers to Windows Phone 8 rather than any mere decimal increment.

Also interesting about the article is there are indications that Microsoft may add features in Windows Phone 8 to make it work better with Nokia’s platform.

Details are sketchy now but it definitely seems like Microsoft is extremely ambitious with it’s plans for Windows Phone 8.