Windows Marketplace for Mobile 6.x will be closingIf you are a windows mobile 6.x user then you will have heard by now that Microsoft are dropping the 6.x Marketplace, this simply means that you will no longer be able to download apps to your windows 6.0 mobile phone. This is most likely to be a ploy by Microsoft to move its users onto the newer Windows Phone 7 platform which is actually a very excellent, intuitive and beautiful operating system which there are many thousands of apps available for.
Thankfully I have already upgraded to a Windows 7 mobile.
When will Windows Marketplace for 6.x close?The official closure date of the Windows 6.x marketplace is the 17th May 2012.
How do I know about this?Below is a copy of the email which I received from Microsoft regarding the discontinuation of the 6.x marketplace for windows mobile 6.5 mobile phones.
REMINDER: Windows Marketplace for Mobile 6.x to be Discontinued
May 2, 2012
Dear Windows Mobile 6.x customer:
Microsoft is discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile service for Windows Mobile 6.x. Please review the details below to familiarize yourself with the changes:
Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace Service To Be DiscontinuedBeginning May 17, 2012, the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available. Starting on this date, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications directly on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone using the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace application and service. Please note: The service discontinuation date has changed to May 17, 2012.
Applications and games acquired from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone will continue to work after the service is discontinued on May 17, 2012. However, additional downloads of these applications and games from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available.
Microsoft recommends you review the applications or games installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone and install any available updates in advance of the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service shut-down on May 17, 2012.
Please note: All phone data, including applications acquired through the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service, data and user-specific settings, will be deleted from your Windows Mobile 6.x phone in the event that your phone is wiped or "hard reset." Any data on a removable storage card, if present, will also be deleted if your phone is wiped or "hard reset".
Windows Mobile applications and games that are compatible with Windows Mobile 6.x may still be available directly from their developers or via third-party marketplaces.
Thank you for your continued support of Windows Phone.
-The Windows Phone Team