Windows Phone Homebrew Marketplace comes to your Windows Desktop

We've mentioned Bazaar before--it's the first serious attempt at a homebrew Marketplace for Windows Phone, a place where developers can centralize and easily distribute their work for end users, allowing people to keep up on updates and learn about new apps. That's important as browsing our forums, XDA or just watching our front page, while helpful, can cause you to miss things.

Previously though, Bazaar was restricted to custom ROMs as an addon app for Windows Phone. While extremely useful and impressive, this limited its influence. Today though that all changes with the release of the Bazaar Desktop client.

If you have a developer or Chevron unlocked phone, you'll definitely want this. The app is quite impressive allowing you to browse, as far as we can tell, all the homebrew apps that are out there. You have concise app descriptions including if it will work on your device (lots are restricted to Gen 1 devices, for instance) and screenshots to see what the app looks like.

Perhaps more importantly though is the ability to download and install directly to your phone, making the whole process extremely easy. The app simply piggybacks off of Zune Desktop and if you have your device paired with that app, it will "see" this one. That latter part is very useful as it even shows you already installed homebrew/sideloaded apps, making management a breeze (most of us are still limited to just 10 homebrew/sideloaded apps). 

Other worthy mentions include Featured, Browse, and Favorites making it a snap to find an app (although even we admit that the homebrew scene is a bit anemic).

Bazaar for Windows Desktop is free, well designed and just works. For that we're giving it a big recommendation and a thumbs up to the hard work of the dev team who are certainly worthy of a donation. Get more information and screenshots at their distribution page:

Source: Bazaar for PC; via Plaffo

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Finally, I don't have to hunt down XAPs anymore!
  • Great app. Havn't used the desktop version yet, but I've been using the phone version for a while with a DFT custom ROM and it's wonderful.
  • Sweet!! adding this link to my Homebrew section :)  this looks nice too :)
    PS:  i have links to 2 web sites in my Thread reguarding Homebrew app/game websites!!!
  • Its a great step in the right direction.  Just wish the interface was cleaned up a little bit (seems a little cluttered and unorganized), but I've been waiting for something like this for a while.
    Great Job!
  • Desktop app works like a charm.. It only needs some graphical/visual improvements...
  • Does anyone know if you can test these apps in the WP7 emulator?
  • There are always source links (usually XDA) to allow you to download the original XAP files, so yeah.
  • Great program! Thank you for sharing. Some apps seem to be old versions. Like Battery Status.
  • Does this work with unlocked devices like the LG Optimus 7 with the registry hack? Thanks :)
  • Some apps work on dev unlocked phones (AppHub, Chevron) and some work only on Interop-unlocked phones, so it depends.
  • I have contacted them, about a few domain names I coudl donate to them. 

    We will see if they have any interest, I also have a server space I coudl donate. It was able to stand when it was in its heyday. I am sure that it would be fine supporting this same site. 
    We will know soon if they have interest. 
  • Anyone have another site to get this from? The damn ISP here is blocking it saying it's considered porn, lol.
  • This is simply awesome. :D I've been waiting a year for this to happen