Today is the official day for Mango update and perfectly in tune with it, Microsoft has just made Windows phone web marketplace available for users. Windows Phone web marketplace replaced the Windows Mobile marketplace, which was quite a dud. Windows Phone Blog officially announced the web marketplace in May. By default, I was taken to the US marketplace but then you could switch to other countries as well. I am using the Indian marketplace right now, which shows local currency (Rupees, in my case). The problem is that I haven’t been able to download the application because my primary ID is different from the Live ID I am logged in – so if you give it a try, please let us know.
The website is quite Metro – isque, features all possible categories you’d notice on your phone. This is a huge step from Microsoft, following the footsteps of iTunes application marketplace on web, focussed on welfare of the developers. This will help developers immensely, no more download links that will take users to Zune on your desktop. Just show the application in the web, users can now share the applications as well – huge publicity bonus for developers and if they like it, they can instantly buy it after reading local marketplace reviews. Very neat.
Mango update is just around the corner. Stay tuned for more updates.
Thanks for the tip Aakash !