Marketplace Browser makes it even easier to find WP7 apps

While we like the Zune Desktop client quite a bit, sometimes finding apps or browsing for them can be a little sluggish. Luckily, a new website has launched that helps to cut all the fluff out and get right to the point.

Marketplace Browser is a streamlined site that references all the apps in the Marketplace, allowing you to search or just browse apps, including the Top 100 or Categories (no "latest" but we're sure that's coming).

Once you find an app, you can read about it, see screenshots and the best part: click to load it up in Zune Desktop to install. This last trick is the sweet spot as it works in Chrome and Firefox (not just IE) and will allow very quick installations of found apps.

The developer Paul Willen considers it a work in progress, so we can expect additions and improvements in the future. Regardless, we recommend it right now.

Source: Marketplace Browser; via Mobile Jaw

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • The search in the actual marketplace is baffling. Mixing music and apps *might* have made sense on paper but in practice it is awful. While the search in the Marketplace Browser doesn't fair much better, with the right combination of keywords you CAN find stuff. Try "twitter app" on the phone. The only result I get is "Easy Diary". I am curious how they managed that. With this search, the Marketplace Browser doesn't perform any better. There is a long way to go. To be fair, the phone search performs remarkably well if you have named your app "[something] Flashlight [something]" or "[something] Timer [something]".
  • I recommend:
    More clean and stylish than Marketplace Browser.
  • is better