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RIP: Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x

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RIP: Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x
Remember Windows Mobile? In its best days, the platform had a 12% hold of the market, and according to some analysts it outsold Windows Phone during a good part of 2011. But even a couple of years ago, it was clear that the platform is not on par with modern operating systems - it was relatively rich in features but lacked sorely the visual flare, and that’s what led to Windows Phone. 

History aside, news is that today Microsoft is shutting down the Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x devices.

So if you want to update apps, games, browse the store and buy stuff, do it today - it’s your last chance. Starting tomorrow, it will all be gone, but of course the already downloaded apps will still work.

This will finally accelerate the process of the slowly dying platform. Last quarter, Windows Mobile devices still sold a few hundred, not a lot, but an important figure to keep in mind as Windows mobile device sales are usually counted as a whole. Analysts like Tomy Ahonen claim vendors sold 0.4 million units, which is not that bad compared to sales of 2.2 million Windows Phone 7.x handsets.

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posted on 22 May 2012, 08:49 3

1. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Can someone have a heart to preserve it?
Or update these windows mobile phones to tango?

posted on 23 May 2012, 02:49

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I also wanted to update my omnia 2(windows mobile 6.5) to windows phone 7/7.5 but I know that this is not possible:( My marketplace is not working anymore but if you want to find some apps or games for your device, you can always search the web for a cab file with an app that you want and just copy it from your pc to your phone.

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:52 1

2. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

next year you will be writing the same press release but this time about the current windows market place and how nokia have gone bankrupt and how android dominated the world

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:58 1

3. shy2papa (Posts: 335; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

i hope MS wont do the same with the current WP7, it did even breathe life into the former OS which was more like android just needed better specs and redesign UI

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:30 1

5. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)

why would they do that? this marketplace is just fine.
as for why the stock wp7 (not mango) devices are/will not (be) allowed to access the marketplace anymore is simply a reason of closing the gap, and not letting fragmentation come in the picture.

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:16

4. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


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