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Marketplace for Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile is no doubt a powerful platform, and it has been around for many years. As such, it has a huge software ecosystem of applications that have been developed over the years, but like everything else pre Apple iPhone App Store, there was no simple easy place to get these applications.

Enter Marketplace for Windows Mobile. Introduced with Windows Mobile 6.5 in October, the number of apps it offers has steadily grown, as has support for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1. A web front end is also available for users to manage various aspects of the service through their pc’s.

I’ve found the service to work pretty well, it does what it needs to. However, there appear to be some quirks still, which hopefully will be resolved in the future. Not being able to install your apps to a memory card for example is a bit silly. Updates to applications also seem to be a bit hit and miss at the moment. A case in point is the Bing application from Microsoft themselves. An update was available from the menu in the application, but there’s no sight of it in the Marketplace yet.

The other thing I’ve noticed is that content seems to differ depending on which country you are in. If you are in the US, there are a ton of applications and games available, but for me in South Africa, there are only free and demo applications available. I think it is because Microsoft still need to set up methods whereby people can buy applications and games easily in each country.

Overall, I look forward to seeing how the service evolves over time. I hope that more and more content publishers come on board. There are tons of wonderful applications out there on the internet, but it is highly disorganised. If these people can contribute towards the Marketplace, it will quickly grow and become even more useful.

I’ve looked at the Ovi Store on my father’s Nokia N97, and while it has a lot more content, I’m not particularly impressed with its layout. It seems quite cluttered in comparison to the Marketplace.

I highly recommend that if you are a Windows Mobile user, to keep an eye on the Marketplace. It can only continue to grow from here.

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