Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace shutting down today

As a reminder to anyone rocking a smartphone running Microsoft's old Windows Mobile operating system, the Marketplace that was available for 6.x devices is closing its doors today. Microsoft today sent out a final, last minute reminder that the Marketplace will be shutting down, and that you should review your downloads and make sure everything is up-to-date before the service goes offline.

If you are still running Windows Mobile you will be still be able to install applications for your device from third-party sources, but Microsoft's move to shut down the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace should be an indication that it might be time to move on. Upgrading your Windows Mobile smartphone to a Windows Phone device is probably the best choice, considering you're probably using a phone that is more than two years out of date.

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile originally opened its doors on October 6, 2009 after being announced at MWC earlier that year and less than two years later it stopped accepting new app submissions. Today marks the final step in the death of the service, which has been replaced with the Windows Phone Marketplace going forward.

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Without ever using this platform, is there a way to "sideload" another market application? If not then this is pretty dreadful of Microsoft to shaft current customers. This should at least open the platform up somewhat.

thealexweb said,
I know someone who still has a HD2 and twelve months to go on his contract, he ain't happy.

He could just get a new phone out of contract. It's not a big deal to save up a few bucks and get one. Hell, the Focus Flash is $260 on Amazon Wireless.

seebaran said,

He could just get a new phone out of contract. It's not a big deal to save up a few bucks and get one. Hell, the Focus Flash is $260 on Amazon Wireless.

$260 is a lot of money to just splash out on a phone when he's on a $35 per month plan and still paying for his HD2 in that plan.

Gutierrez said,
LOL. How long till that happend to Windows Phone 8 (or mango, HA-HA-HA)
Do you mean happens to WP8 or WP7.5? Probably not for a long long time... Especialy since Verizon and AT&T have expressed a lot of intrest in new WP8 platform.

Gutierrez said,
LOL. How long till that happend to Windows Phone 8 (or mango, HA-HA-HA)

If you're not on Mango you're gonna be losing the ability to download apps soon.