Back in May last year Microsoft announced that it would stop taking in app submissions for its Windows Mobile Marketplace and we mentioned that we wouldn’t be surprised if they shut it down in the future. Fast forward to almost a year later, and it looks like it’s coming true. Microsoft has announced that it will be shutting down the Windows Mobile Marketplace this coming May. The app store that has been providing apps to Windows Mobile devices for a few years will finally be put to rest.
Microsoft has started sending emails to Windows Mobile users informing them of the Marketplace’s impending demise, recommending them to download/purchase and update their apps before it’s too late. When the Windows Mobile Marketplace is shut down, users won’t be able to access it and if their phones get wiped, they won’t be able to reinstall the apps from there. Fortunately apps can still be installed on the phones via third-party marketplaces or from their developers.
The Windows Mobile Marketplace will be taken offline on May 9th. Anybody going to miss the Marketplace when it’s gone?