Microsoft Launches Windows Marketplace

Microsoft, in a bid to broaden the market for its Windows Application store, has launched the marketplace client compatible with Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1. The marketplace client which has over 800 apps, was earlier accessible only to users with Windows Mobile 6.5

The link to the download of the application will be sent to the users via text messages from where it can be downloaded, provided there is a free space of 700KB available on the mobile.

The installation of the software is reported to be smooth, the only glitch being that the user cannot select a specific installation drive for the application.

It is important to note that currently the application catalog of Microsoft is a speck of dust compared to that of Apple’s App store and Google’s mobile application store.

However, Microsoft can look to quickly build up an extensive collection of apps given the fact that that there are more than 18,000 commercial applications available for Windows Mobile on the internet.

Realising the need for getting the already existing apps into its portfolio, Microsoft has mentioned that developers of such apps should submit them for approval in order for them to appear in the new Marketplace.