Microsoft is really pushing hard to get their Windows Mobile app store, called Windows Marketplace for Mobile, out to every corner of the smartphone world. Windows Marketplace first launched with Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, giving WM6.5 fans an exclusive look at the Marketplace. Now, Microsoft is bringing the Marketplace to older Windows Mobile 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6.1 phones as well as desktop PCs.
Microsoft launched their online Marketplace portal last week, allowing anyone to browse the Windows Mobile applications store from their desktop PC. Anyone with a compatible Windows Phone can visit the Windows Marketplace for Mobile website on their desktop computer to browse, buy and download apps they’d like to use on their handset. Purchased apps are automatically synchronized with the Windows Phone and will install the next time Marketplace runs on the device.
And, to expand compatibility with Marketplace, Microsoft is today announcing that their app store will be available to customers running Windows Mobile 6.0 or Windows Mobile 6.1. To download the Marketplace app to your 6.0 or 6.1 phone, simply point your smartphone browser to mp.windowsphone.com and follow instructions to install the app. Desktop users can click here to download the app and install on the Windows Phone via the desktop.
Microsoft says that 90% of all Windows Mobile apps should be compatible with 6.0/6.1 smartphones, which will bring most of the Marketplace’s apps to some 30 million Windows Phones around the world.
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