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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  • Hopefully they aren't as restrictive as Apple and their App Store. There's a lot of stuff for Windows Mobile, so hopefully MS will not deny much into the store. It'll promote more developers and give them more freedom to make better apps. In my opinion, MS should have developers sign an agreement that says there are no restrictions in creating apps, but if an app is detrimental to phones then MS has the right to "fill in the blanks".
  • Are there really any reasons to believe that MS will be less restrictive? I guess in the future there will be much less restrictions than in the early stage which is now.
    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.