Samsung has long been presumed to be a partner in the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 launch, but now the company has gone official with its intent.Simon Stanford, head of mobile at Samsung UK and Ireland said: 'The addition of Windows Phone 7 devices to Samsung’s smartphone portfolio is a significant milestone. Samsung’s new Windows Phone 7 based smartphones will play a key role in reinforcing Samsung’s leadership in the smartphone market and commitment to providing a range of devices across a variety of platforms'.'For years, Samsung has been a key partner in bringing new Windows phones to customers all over the world. Windows Phone 7 is an important release and we look forward to deepening our collaboration with Samsung on mobile devices and beyond, with our multi-screen strategy,' said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, OEM Division at Microsoft. According to Pocket Lint, Samsung is promising to release, 'several Windows Phone 7 devices' this year, which will 'combine the latest hardware design and technology, while benefiting from Microsoft’s software and innovation heritage'.Samsung has been producing some decent hardware of late, like the highly-rated Galaxy S Android smartphone. Mixing that with Microsoft's latest operating system could be an early recipe for success for both companies. As long as that operating system is up to scratch obviously.