A little more on Windows Marketplace for Mobile
Obviously Windows Mobile 6.5 dominated the bulk of Microsoft's announcements at the start of Mobile World Congress, but we've also seen My Phone and, to a much lesser extent, Marketplace.
But the Windows Mobile Team blog (opens in new tab) chimed in today, pimping some of the bennies for developers:
- An easily discovered on-device application that is installed on every Windows Mobile 6.5 device, and includes prominent placement on the Start menu.
- Global marketplace distribution (30 countries) with flexible payment options for end users through both credit card and mobile operator payment methods.
- Single source developer-focused web site for sign-up, publishing, and management of applications in the marketplace.
- Transparent set of policies that clearly articulate the types of applications allowed in the store.
- Streamlined, yet flexible workflow for getting applications published to the marketplace.
- Leverage existing Microsoft developer tools, such as Visual Studio, for faster time to market.
Otherwise? Not a whole lot yet. Try to make do with Windows Mobile and My Phone for now, m'kay?
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Bus as a potential developer for WM I hate to hear there are any restrictions: it is up to an user to decide what to download and install on their phone anyway.