Microsoft has announced that it will be shutting down the Windows Mobile Marketplace once and for all on May 9. This shut down will primarily affect Windows Mobile 6.x devices which will then no longer be able to access the marketplace or download any apps or games from it. However, the games that are already installed on these devices will continue working without any problems.
In anticipation of the shut down which is still months away, and letting the users to download or update any apps from the marketplace that they want to, Microsoft sent an email to the users saying, “Starting on [May 9], 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.”
The email further stated, “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 9, 2012.”
If you are using a Windows 6.x device, you need not panic because the apps that are already installed on your device will continue to work without any problems. It is also being hoped that once the windows mobile marketplace shuts down, third-party marketplaces may start offering apps and games for these users.
Nonetheless, Microsoft is hoping that Windows Mobile users will upgrade to Windows Phone and will start using the new marketplace specific for Windows Phone devices.
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