Microsoft´s application store flawed?

Microsoft´s application store flawed?
The first cell phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 were officially released earlier today and as you probably know already, they all feature access to Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The guys at msmobiles made two screenshots of the online store, of the US and German version of the website respectively. Can you spot the differences? The German counterpart of the marketplace sports a significantly lower number of available applications, plus you are not allowed to see all programs, but only these pertaining to the region you are in. The guys at msmobiles are of the opinion that there are two major reasons behind the discrepancy. Aside from $99 per year, Microsoft requires another $10 for every single country that developers want to sell their application in. In case they are ready to foot the bill, developers have to translate the description of the program and its interface into the official language of the relevant country. While this won´t be much of a problem when it comes to customers across the US or people living in larger countries, the policy might mean that a significantly lower number of applications is available to Windows phone users in smaller countries. 

source: msmobiles

The available apps in USA (left) and in Germany (right)

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6 Comments

1. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Thats not flawed, its basic business sense. PA=FAIL.

2. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I agree. Why is PA so against Windows Mobile Devices????

3. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

nothing more to be said...

4. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

Every article i read on PA and Engadget makes me so mad, i dont use a WM device myself (i have previously)these sites should report the news and stay away from the opinions, its like someone else is signing there paycheck.....hmmmmmmmm

5. MTLance unregistered

App Store FTW over WinMo anytime. :D At least the Apps on App Store are more pricing friendly depending on the developers. But MS? Wow developer have to charged more than the US customers for other region to get that app.

6. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

what has windows ever made that isn't somehow tragically flawed?????

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