Microsoft Fleshes Out Windows Mobile Marketplace Details
Microsoft today made a number of announcements regarding plans for Windows Mobile in 2009, including new details of the forthcoming app Marketplace. Microsoft will allow consumers to purchase apps with either a credit card or be billed through their carrier. There will be a 24-hour window to return apps for a full refund. Also, developers will now be able to provide app updates for free. (A previous proposal would have charged developers for each update.) Over 25 major companies have announced plans to offers apps in the the Marketplace, including Facebook, MySpace, Accuweather, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Pandora, ShoZu, Sling Media, Zagat, and Spb. A Facebook app for Windows Mobile will be available for free in April, including support for capturing and uploading video directly to Facebook. Microsoft also announced that Windows Mobile 6.5 will support interface themes. Designer themes will be available from Microsoft, and a custom theme generator tool will be available to consumers later this year.