More details on Marketplace's Phase 2

Some more news about the "second wave" of Windows Marketplace for Mobile has emerged from Microsoft Netherlands' Maarten Sonneburg and relayed by MoDaCo. (You'll remember that Phase 2 is when we're expecting to officially see the Marketplace on 6.0/6.1 phones.)

In Phase 2 (planned for late November / early December) Marketplace will also launch a PC environment. Then the user from other countries will be able to choose applications from other countries because of the so-called geo selector for the catalog eg U.S. users will be able to choose from and English-language apps released in other countries for downloaded. Then there will also be hundreds of apps, paid and free. Also nice is that in Phase 2 Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 devices will be made available. Then the users of these devices will be able to download applications.

So, more apps, desktop access to the Marketplace (presumably the Web access we've been expecting), and users can download apps from any country they darn well please. Bring it on, Microsoft.

Via Unwired View

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  • While I welcome this change (the Canada store is a tad ... sparse ... as well). I have to point out that a geo-selector that requires me to power up a computer and browse to a website is rather pathetic compared to the experience I get with the BlackBerry App World (on my office phone) The geo-selector needs to be put right there in the mobile client, as we are moving past the days of the "PocketPC" that required a computer to pair with for full functionality. The Windows Phone must be able to stand on it's own - no PC purchase required - in order to compete with the other platforms.
  • now if only we could get more apps on the marketplace.. it seems to take a month or so to get an application approved. About the same as a support response on the windows marketplace (for developers)..