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Microsoft to Kill Off Zune-Based Market, Mandates WP7.5

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Apr 24, 2012, 5:57 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Microsoft has announced several changes headed to the Marketplace for Mobile. Starting today, Microsoft will disable the ability to search for and download apps through the PC-based Zune client. Instead, Windows Phone owners will need to browse for apps from the Marketplace on their device or from their PC's browser. Second, Microsoft suggests that all WP7 owners update to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango if they wish to maintain app compatibility moving forward. According to Microsoft, those handsets that aren't updated to WP7.5 won't be able to download/install apps from the Marketplace, nor rate them. Microsoft said it is making these changes so that the Marketplace can continue to grow and operate quickly and securely.

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Apr 24, 2012, 7:31 PM

Whoa! This impacts the whole

seven people still devoted to Windows Phone.
Why wouldn't there be?

Believe it or not, there're quite a few of us who do not march to the beat of Android or iOS. While small on comparison to Android and iOS, I believe the user base is somewhere between 10-11 million users and that number is g...
Captain Ahash

Apr 24, 2012, 6:55 PM


This is rough. I don't know if they can afford to alienate such a huge part of their userbase as young as the platform is.
Are you being sarcastic?

It's not a huge part, and no one is alienated. Microsoft has done an excellent job of offering 7.5 for older phones. If someone - for some reason - hasn't upgraded yet, they are free to do so.
A huge part of their userbase? I doubt that there are all that many WP7 users who have not upgraded to 7.5. Every single Windows Phone can be upgraded to 7.5, and there is no excuse for not upgrading.

And at any rate, Microsoft is still nowhere...
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