Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace shutdown now set for May 17th

In March, Microsoft sent emails to the remaining owners of Windows Mobile-based smartphones, alerting them that the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace would shut down its operations on Wednesday, May 9th. Now it looks like Windows Mobile users will get a few more days to download any more apps they want from the Marketplace.

PPCGeeks reports that Microsoft has sent a new email to Windows Mobile owners, informing them that the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace will now shut down on May 17th; no reason was given for the change in the date.

Even with the extension, it still means that Windows Mobile users will no longer be able to download or update any of their smartphone's applications from that online store in less than two weeks. Microsoft is recommending that Windows Mobile users check their previously downloaded apps for any updates before May 17th. Users of those devices are also advised to download any additional apps they may want to access from the Marketplace service before that date.

Obviously, Microsoft is moving away from supporting Windows Mobile. The company decided to revamp their smartphone OS when it launched Windows Phone 7 in 2010. Microsoft is also working on the next major Windows Phone update, code-named Apollo, that's due to be launched sometime before the end of 2012.

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wonder when WP7 market is going to go away just like this market.. not too long. lol
It would be funny to see people who defended wp6 are now just fools.

DevilsNotDead said,
wonder when WP7 market is going to go away just like this market.. not too long. lol
It would be funny to see people who defended wp6 are now just fools.

The "fools" are the ones that confuse the two markets, or think there is anything in common among them, or call Windows Mobile WP6, or think Windows Mobile 6 shares anything with WP7, or troll topics, etc... I could keep going, but it would probably make more sense for you to actually educate yourself, rather than just pretend to be informed...

DevilsNotDead said,
wonder when WP7 market is going to go away just like this market.. not too long. lol
It would be funny to see people who defended wp6 are now just fools.

You're one of the fools who spout rubbish when you don't know what your talking about.....Wp6 lolz hahahahaha!!!

Can't say I'm sorry to see it go. My ETEN X800 has been OoO for more than a year and a half now and don't regret going to my HD7 afterwards. Windows Mobile was a mess when it reached version 6.5. I had an unofficial ROM to see what it was like and it just wanted too much that it simply couldn't do (like a wanabe Windows Phone 7). It was quite a good OS for PDA's back in the day.

The problem isn't that the OS was bad per se, it's that it *continued* past its shelf date. It should have been wiped off the earth by 2009. The fact that it even had a marketplace open until 2012 shows how stubborn some users are. I constantly see Touch Pro 2's coming into my job and all I can think is "Why must we both suffer?"

Platforms don't last forever. I wonder what the uproar will be like when Apple scraps iOS and starts developing a new mobile OS.

XX55XX said,
Platforms don't last forever. I wonder what the uproar will be like when Apple scraps iOS and starts developing a new mobile OS.

There won't be any uproar. People will accept it and call it a magical rebirth.

Drossel said,

There won't be any uproar. People will accept it and call it a magical rebirth.


ROFL! Exactly. Everyone knew this was coming. Microsoft has even been reminding people for over a year...

The Teej said,

Is your friend aware he can install Android and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on his HD2? Obviously he might want to upgrade, but if he wants to keep onto his phone (which I don't blame him for, fantastic phone) but doesn't like the OS on it hitting it's EOL - there are options

http://www.redmondpie.com/inst...most-complete-how-to-guide/

http://www.talkandroid.com/107...tall-android-on-an-htc-hd2/

No he probably isn't aware of his options but I he's not really a tech-savy person so he might not like the id