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There are now over 2400 Windows Phone 7 applications in the Marketplace. However if you don’t have a Windows Phone or the Zune Desktop, but are still interested to see if Windows Phone 7 is for you you need at least to install the Zune desktop software to browse for available applications. Now that is not needed anymore…… A new website has been launched by Paul Willen called MarketplaceBrowser. This site gives everyone easy acces to see and read descriptions of all available applications for the Windows Phone 7 that are currently in the Marketplace. Potential new Windows Phone users can easily search and discover the apps that will make their future Read more

Recently the first Foursquare client, named WinMoSquare showed up in Microsoft’s Marketplace. For those of you, who don’t know what Foursquare is, here is a brief description of the Foursquare principle: People use Foursquare to “check-in”, which is a way of telling your whereabouts. When you check-in someplace, Foursquare tells your friends where they can find you and recommend places to go & things to do nearby. People check-in at all kind of places – cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices. Think of Foursquare as an “urban mix tape.” Foursquare helps you make lists of your favorite things to do and let you share them with friends. Foursquare will keep Read more

A few days ago Microsoft released an interesting and very welcome upgrade for Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In the past Windows Marketplace for Mobile has been covered in a sequence of articles (for example Windows Markeplace for Mobile coming to Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.0 and Windows Marketplace for Mobile – Payments and Operators) that help you to understand the basic concepts and underlying mechanisms of the application store for Windows Phones. However in this article the focus will be on the new features in the recent upgrade, which supports installation of applications on your storage card and the so called world view, which is a region switcher for all the Read more

A few days ago I saw the news that the well known website FreewarePocketPC.net, which has a massive database of freeware applications for Windows Phone, launched OpnMarket 1.0 !! In simple words OpnMarket is a Windows Marketplace for Mobile alternative, 100% aimed at freeware applications and a natural extension of the FreewarePocketPC.net website. On the OpnMarket section of the FreewarePocketPC website you can read the following product description: “OpnMarket is compatible with most of the Windows Mobile Professional devices with touch-screens, once installed it lets you browse, download and install FREE applications directly on your device. OpnMarket will use you mobile network connection or a WiFi connection to download softwares Read more

Buienradar is a popular service in the Netherlands for accurate weather forcasts and -almost realtime- weather developments. Buienradar was one of the first applications in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile as announced during the local Windows Phone launch event on October 6th. In this article I hope to provide an in depth application overview, and cover most features and functionality within the application.         Installation of Buienradar via Windows Marketplace for Mobile Buienradar is one of the launching partners present at the Windows Phones launch and is one of the first applications in the localized Dutch Windows Marketplace for Mobile. You simply launch the Windows Marketplace for Mobile via Read more

In this article I will cover a “next-step” in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile development. This morning I read an excellent article of Leigh Geary, Windows Mobile MVP and Editor in Chief of CoolSmartphone.com, where he outlined that Windows Markeplace for Mobile would become accessible from your browser as well. Windows Marketplace for Mobile was currently -until today- only accessible from your Windows Mobile 6.5 powered smartphone. However you now can simply direct the browser on your pc to the following webaddress:  http://marketplace.windowsphone.com/ 1.  Details Windows Marketplace for Mobile on PC The screenshot above shows an overview of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile homepage. On the right you can see a list with categories to make Read more

The HTC Snap is one of the few Windows Mobile Standard devices that received an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5. In this article I would like to have a look at the Windows Mobile 6.5 improvements for Windows Mobile Standard devices and compare these with the findings of the HTC Touch2 review, with Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional pre-loaded on the device. 1.  Homescreen The left screenshot above shows the todayscreen of the HTC Snap running on Windows Mobile 6.5, while the right screenshot is taken from the HTC Snap review a while ago, at that time powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. As you can see the changes are marginal, with the only difference is the Read more

Yesterday the news hit the market that Windows Phones (running Windows Mobile 6.5) will hit the market in less that five weeks. Today HTC has announced the HTC Touch2 with Windows Mobile 6.5 pre-loaded on the device, together with the additional service Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft MyPhone. HTC Touch2 overview “The HTC Touch2 ensures that everything is at your fingertips in a compact design that fits comfortably in your hand.  An advanced smartphone with everything you expect and more, the HTC Touch2 includes a variety of HTC enhancements including TouchFLO, an enhanced user interface that includes integrated weather updates and quick touch access to a variety of the most Read more

Stephanie Ferguson has published an article on the Windows Mobile blog “Windows phones are Coming on October 6th!“. While you might remember the first announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5 and Microsoft MyPhone back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. A little later on CTIA Wireless Windows Marketplace for Mobile was announced, and this whole bundle of Windows Mobile operating system and complementary services will hit the market upcoming 6th of October. Basic analysis of “Windows phones are coming on October 6th!” from Stephanie Ferguson If you followed the news about Windows (Mobile) Phones, it probably is not a big surprise that it is released to the market upcoming fall, Read more