Handmark Launches Its Own Windows Mobile Apps Store
Handmark has announced and launched an application storefront for Windows Mobile phones ahead of Microsoft's own Windows Marketplace. HandMarket Apps has 50,000 pieces of content already available to Windows Mobile phones running WinMo 6.0 and up. Content includes applications, wallpapers, ringtones and more. The apps storefront supports user reviews, categories and offers free, paid and subscription content. Consumers can purchase items with their credit cards, and HandMarket Apps also supports carrier billing for Alltel, AT&T and Sprint. Microsoft's Windows Marketplace is will launch later this year with about 600 apps, supporting devices with WinMo 6.5 and up.
Microsoft Lets Android Owners Compare Apps
Microsoft has released a new tool aimed at helping people switch from an Android smartphone to a Windows smartphone. AppComparison, an app for Android handsets, scans the device for apps and then finds the corresponding Windows apps.
Instagram for Windows Grabs Huge Update
Facebook today announced three new apps for the Windows 10 platform, including a proper Instagram app for phones, and dedicated Facebook and Messenger apps for desktops. The Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile includes features that have long been available only to the Android and iOS apps, including Instagram Direct, videos, the Explore tab, and more.
Microsoft Adds Carrier Billing to Windows Store
Microsoft has expanded an existing agreement with Boku to bring carrier billing to the Windows Store. Sprint is the first carrier too support the service, which means Sprint customers will be able to charge Microsoft Store purchases to their monthly bill.
Microsoft Bags Windows Bridge for Android Apps
Microsoft today provided an update on the tools it offers to developers and said it has canceled plans the Windows Bridge for Android (project Astoria). The Bridge was meant to help Android developers re-use their code and port their apps to Windows.
Wait a minute...
I'm confused, what's supposed to be different? They already have carrier billing in place, and a ton of apps, even for the BlackBerry...
As Chandler from Friends would say...