Ladies and gentlemen, the wait for Windows Mobile 6.5 is nearly over. In a blog post, Windows Mobile GM Stephanie Ferguson trumpets the merits of Windows Mobile 6.5 and says we'll see a slew of new Windows phones on Oct. 6. And long for the ride is Windows Marketplace for Mobile. [Windows Mobile Team blog]

You’ll see new Windows phones designed for a variety of tastes, needs and price points - with or without keyboards, with or without touch screens, as well as your choice of GPS, accelerometer and high resolution camera. There are a lot of great options and we can’t wait to show them to you. Until then, keep an eye on our partners as they announce details on new Windows phones and where you can find them this fall.

The blog post all but says that Windows Mobile 6.5 and Marketplace launch on Oct. 6, but Microsoft PR confirms. That's the day for both, and it looks like My Phone will be taken out of beta for good measure.

Our big question involves reaction from the carriers and manufacturers, which Microsoft names in the post. Will Windows Mobile 6.5 be available for any phones on that date? Will we see new phones released with WinMo 6.5? CNet's Ina Fried notes that Microsoft's Robbie Bach is throwing a "consumer open house" on Oct. 6 in New York City, so there may well be something afoot.

To see Microsoft, carriers and manufacturers working in concert — now that would be a big deal. Stay tuned. Our fat fingers are sending out a flurry of inquiries.