More info on Windows Phone 7; Windows Live ID will be required
Microsoft still has a lot of work to do until the first Windows Phone 7 devices are launched (sometime in the fourth quarter of the year), and that’s why we don’t know all we’d want to know about the upcoming OS.
However, new details have been uncovered by Tweakers.net, including the fact that, to use a Windows Phone 7 handset, you will need a Windows Live ID account (you automatically have one if you use Hotmail or MSN Messenger). Apparently, Windows Live ID will also provide access to Windows Marketplace.
Furthermore, it looks like Windows Phone 7 will only support ARM7 processors (like the Qualcomm Snapdragon). This leaves out Intel’s Moorestown processors – but it’s not like Intel cares too much, since it has MeeGo and we’ll soon see Moorestown-based MeeGo devices on the market.
As previously mentioned, all Windows Phone 7 devices will require capacitive touchscreen displays (apparently, non-touch devices won’t be able to run WP7), three buttons on the front (Back, Start and Search), a power button, a camera button, and two volume buttons.
Weird enough, it looks like Windows Phone 7 will support Bluetooth 2.1, but not Bluetooth 3.0. Well, maybe support for the newer version of Bluetooth will be added after launch.