RIP: Windows Marketplace for Mobile 6.x
Back in June, Microsoft announced that there would be no additions to the Windows Mobile Marketplace and it killed off the Windows Mobile Marketplace website. While those rocking old school Windows Mobile devices were still able to download apps through their devices, it looks like that feature will come to a halt just 11 months later.
Just to be clear, since Microsoft didn’t do the best job separating the branding, Windows Mobile Marketplace is a completely separate entity from Windows Phone Marketplace. All newer Windows Phone 7 and up devices utilize the Windows Phone Marketplace, thus will be unaffected.
Apps that have already been downloaded will still run, but the ability to update them will be lost, so Microsoft is asking that you update all of your existing apps prior to the May 9th shutdown. Also, in the event that the device needs to be wiped or hard reset, there will be no way to recover them. If you absolutely refuse to upgrade until your Windows Mobile 6 device kicks the bucket, make sure you back up your entire app collection as well.
2. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Thank god I returned that Touch Pro 2 after only two weeks back in November of 2009. Microsoft should just replace Steve Ballmer because the casualties are just decrepit and Windows Mobile/Windows Professional/Windows Ambiguous has just not evolved under Mr. Balldie's watch.
3. AbsentbebniM (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
I appreciate all the bold type. Even with the blatantly obvious "6.x", it is inevitable that somebody with one of the new Nokia handsets would start complaining about his device now being useless.
5. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
I got that email for when I had my old Motorola Q9H. The Windows Marketplace on that thing was a sad sad place.
6. phatride4ever (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
This is why I don't like windows mobile anymore, they left all of their previous users hanging. Shame
7. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
at least microsoft should let everyone download all the apps at one go for free,or give us an update for tango!if you have a windows mobile device,buy all the apps you can on the marketplace,release the app online,and lets post it on a website.then we are creating a meuseuem. i am going on a app downloading spree on my ominia 1 tomorrow!who is with me?
9. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Only if those apps could even work properly on my HTC Touch2...
8. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
boo!! i think they are requiring the one who bought the good old w6.x to buy windows phone7 with that action of course people would chose not to buy another windows phone. because of disappointment as we all, remember w6.x are high end devices before so i think in my perspective they have to give a few privileged to them. ow well at the end still its wp choice.
10. mikocok (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
This is a good reason **NOT** to buy any WP7 / WP7.5 devices.
Microsoft could just say, "hey, WP8 is out, you're out of luck".
Thank you Microsoft, for making us easier to choose phone platform.
android - OK
iOS - platform - fine, company behind it - bad, support - fine
WP - platform - bellow average, company behind it - bad, support - real bad
BB - platform - bellow bellow average, company behind it - bellow average, support - bellow average
11. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
I think the main issue is compatibility. The windows phone 7 is a whole new platform compared to windows mobile so if they do the apps then they need to do changes so it runs on the older versions such as the 6.5 and the 6.0 which are not comfortable to use at all and doing ll that is just a waste of money so might as well ditch it.
12. phatride4ever (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
We all know why they did it, but you do not leave your former customers behind. That shows they do not care about them. My last phone was a Window 6.x and I loved it, but when I heard Windows was doing this I decided to never buy a Windows phone again. Now I am a far happier android user
16. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Well the old windows platform was crap and as far as i know only the 6.5 version came with the market place. The rest before it which includes 6.0 and 6.1 did not have it. The new platform which is windows phone receives updates unlike the old 1 so there in no chance that it will happen again and besides android is a much better platform but windows phone is not bad.
14. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Nobody should really be upset or surprised about this news. Windows Mobile 6.x always seemed to get negative criticism, even after the major overhaul with 6.5. There's really no point in Microsoft putting money into the old Marketplace when Windows Phone is here and gaining new apps faster than the App Store or Android did during their inceptions.
17. Slammer (Posts: 817; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I hear many complaining that Microsoft is abandoning Win 6.x users. However, let's be honest with ourselves here. How many users of this platform are there left? Did Microsoft do the abandoning or did society abandon 6.x for the more up and coming OS platforms? We need to be fair in our analogies or comparisons. Is it feasible for Microsoft to life support a dead platform?
Also, on a technical note, we should all remember that WinMo was truly never meant to be a mobile platform. It was a huge scale down from the PC version that didn't communicate well with underpowered devices. But, even with its issues during this time period, there was no better mobile platform for executing personal and business use from a phone. We all complain now, but at the same time, we all used it because there really wasn't anything better.
I have a variable collection of old WinMo devices that I was very fond of. You can't change history. There are a lot of memories in that collection.
I would like to pay homage to the old WinMo for what it did and stood for.