Microsoft Upgrades Windows Marketplace for Mobile App Store
Microsoft's Windows Mobile blog has announced shopping, anti-piracy and developer-friendly upgrades to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store. The store will be open to Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 customers later in November.Microsoft has upgraded its Windows Marketplace for Mobile application store, which launched on Oct. 6 with the software-maker's Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. The upgrades, Todd Brix wrote on the Windows Mobile blog, deal with better anti-privacy protection, an improved developer portal for Microsoft's registered independent software vendors, and PC-based shopping and account management for Windows phone customers.
"We've been gathering input on what we can do to improve the developer experience and have made some subtle but important enhancements to the developer portal to enable easier uploading of images, greater insight into account status and several other refinements based on feedback from developers," Brix wrote in the Nov. 11 posting.
The app store, Brix reports, will be open to Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 customers later in November. A Nov. 12 Gartner report on global mobile phone shipments in the third quarter of 2009 stated that Windows Mobile 6.5's arrival in October was too late to have an impact on the market, and consequently "sales of Windows-based smartphones saw another decline."