Windows Phone Marketplace Internet Version Detailed

We mentioned Microsoft's plans with Windows Phone Marketplace earlier this week, but in that same post they also mentioned more details were coming soon for the web-based Windows Phone Marketplace. The internet version of WP Marketplace will release alongside the Mango update later this year. It will give customers much more flexibility when accessing applications and games for … [Read more...]

Windows Phone Marketplace Expansion Coming With Mango Update

Microsoft has detailed their expansion plans, as far as the Windows Phone Marketplace is concerned, over at the Windows Phone Developer Blog. We already know the Beta Windows Phone Developer Tools for Mango were released today for developers only. Within the same post submitted by Matt Bencke, General Manager of Windows Phone Developer and Marketplace Experiences, he reveals … [Read more...]

Microsoft Says Error Blocked Browser App, More Are Encouraged

Following up from last week's reports of Microsoft not allowing a browser app into the marketplace, official word has come down that it was accidentally denied, and should have been let through. Here's the official comment by Brandon Watson of Microsoft: I wanted to add something here, as I run the developer platform team for Windows Phone. There was a tester error while … [Read more...]

Marketplace Analysis Shows Games Rule The Roost

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Distro have released one of their many reports looking at the health of various mobile app stores, and while they focus on iOS primarily, there are some interesting facts to be gathered with regards to the WP7 Marketplace. If you look at highly ranked free applications, games take up four of the top 10 slots, the largest category — plus XBox Live Extras, which isn't a game … [Read more...]

Microsoft Not Allowing Other Browsers In Marketplace? [u]

While Microsoft doesn't explicitly disallow browsers in the WP7 marketplace, a developer duo just got their app rejected for just that reason. Daniel and Katka Vaughan were told that the reason their app wouldn't be allowed is because "failed testcase 2.1 because its primarily functionality is a web browsing experience." Does this mean that Microsoft will start disallowing … [Read more...]