SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft has told Windows Mobile customers that it will be shutting down its Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace.
As Microsoft winds down Windows Mobile support, those struggling on the much maligned smartphone operating system are being forced to move over to superior alternatives. Now Microsoft has told Windows Mobile 6.x users that from 9 May 2012 the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace will be shut down, cutting off a significant avenue for adding software to devices running Windows Mobile 6.x.
Microsoft told users, "Starting on this date [9 May 2012], you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications directly on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone using the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace application and service."
Microsoft went on to reassure users that applications downloaded and installed from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace will continue to work after 9 May 2012. However if the device requires a hard reset or is wiped, users will not be able to recover Marketplace applications or data.
With Microsoft pushing Windows Phone so aggressively and failing to make a significant dent in the smartphone market, it's no surprise that the firm wants to try to move Windows Mobile users onto a newer version of its mobile operating system. The only problem is that both Apple and Google offer superior alternatives. µ
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