We're not going to say that it was the worst kept secret in the tech world, but it was definitely up there.

Following the leaked pics of the Samsung Cetus WP7 handsets, and the fact that Microsoft is also openly using an unnamed Samsung device to demo various WP7 aspects, the Korean giant has now officially stated its commitment to the forthcoming mobile platform.

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", said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, OEM Division at Microsoft. 

"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".

Samsung is promising to release, "several Windows Phone 7 devices" this year and has said that the handsets, "will combine the latest hardware design and technology, while benefiting from Microsoft’s software and innovation heritage".

Exciting stuff then. If we get a WP7 handset from Samsung on a par with the Galaxy S, then it will be a massive boost for Microsoft's latest mobile OS.