April 20, 2010
A trickle of new developer-centric information about Microsoft Windows Phone 7 emerged online this week.
Tweakers.net, a forum based in The Netherlands which originally learned that Windows Mobile applications won't port to Phone 7, now has a scoop that users will be forced to register a Windows Live account (original here
; English translation here
Operating system updates will be availabe over-the-air directly from Microsoft -- a significant advantage compared to Google Android and Research In Motion BlackBerry devices, which force customers to rely on their wireless carriers to deploy updates.
Meanwhile, ZDnet UK interviewed
Phone 7 lead developer Charlie Kindel, who confirmed that a future "scenario" will involve a business-worthy version of the platform but did not say when that may arrive.
In addition, Microsoft now says its recent release
of the Windows Phone Developer Tools Community Technology Preview does not support the final version of Visual Studio 2010. An update to the CTP will be available in a few weeks, Kindel stated in his blog.