Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace to shut down May 9

It's the end of an era for Microsoft's older Windows Mobile operating system. WPCentral.com is reporting that Microsoft is sending emails to owners of Windows Mobile smartphones, alerting them to the fact that the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace will shut down its operations on Wednesday, May 9. That means that Windows Mobile users will no longer be able to download or update any of their smartphone's applications from that online store after that date.

Microsoft is recommending that Windows Mobile users check their previously downloaded apps for any updates before May 9. 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. While reviews of Windows Phone devices have been much better than Windows Mobile products, so far Microsoft has yet to make much of an impact in the smartphone marketplace.

It's hoped that Nokia's Lumia devices will help Microsoft's efforts in this area. 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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8 Comments

Ci7 said,
woo sucks for Wm'er

at least they are giving them time


Could've given us former WM users more than just time. RIP WM6.5

I have an "old/new" HTC HD2 which came with WM 6.5, glad I changed the OS to Android Gingerbread, haven't had any flaw and it's faster.

If they invested much time in it after the announcement of WP7, I can't feel too sorry for them. When WinMo was at its height, I'm sure they did just fine.

Non-issue. Any remaining enthusiasts of the platform were side-loading apps anyway.

I admit, this is a great way to unearth the few people who will suddenly be vocal WM mourners. It was an all right OS for its time, ruined by hardware vendors obsessed with differentiation.

What the ****??????? Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace never existed?!?!?!?! Apple invented the the marketplace/store/etc !!!

I call bull****.......

/s

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