Members of the Windows Mobile team got together after the first day of Microsoft's Tech-Ed conference in Los Angeles to talk application development and discuss the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile. It's an interesting video, albeit 42 minutes long, and well worth a watch. For you busy bees, a couple of interesting points:
- Widgets will be exclusive to the Marketplace. Don't expect to be able to sideload widgets, because they have to be signed (read: certified), and that can only be done through the Marketplace certification process.
- A widget, for all intents and purposes, has the same status as an app. That includes counting toward the first five apps submitted for $99.
- Certification will give end users peace of mind that an app won't brick their phone.
- No Silverlight on Windows Mobile 6.5.
- They didn't get to do everything they wanted with Windows Mobile 6.5. Just ran out of time.
- Marketplace will launch in 55 nations, 29 of which will have for-pay stores as well as free apps.
Check out the entire Tech-Ed video here.