Windows Marketplace for Mobile Works with Older WinMo OS Versions, App Submission Announced
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jul 2009
Two pieces of intertwined news about Windows Marketplace for Mobile this week. The first one is that Microsoft, starting with the 27th of July, will allow all you developers out there to submit your Windows Mobile application. Registering with the Microsoft Marketplace for Mobile kicked off back in May, when any software developer could pay $99 to register (this included the option to submit up to 5 applications for the Windows Mobile platform). Now the Redmond-based software giant is letting you submit the apps you’ve been working hard on.

“I'm pleased to report that Windows Marketplace is on schedule to open for submissions in 29 supported countries* on July 27th. We're already working with a wide range of leading developers for both business and consumer applications and will soon be able to make available a new wave of applications that will be ready for download when Windows Marketplace launches with Windows Mobile 6.5 in the fall,” commented Senior Director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management with Microsoft, Todd Brix.

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The 29 countries Tod Brixx mentioned above are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, US of A.

Come July 27th, you can submit your apps here. As a little reminder, here are the kind of apps Microsoft will never let you submit:
1. Applications that are or distribute alternate marketplaces for content types (applications,
games, themes etc.) that are sold or otherwise distributed through Windows® Marketplace for
Mobile.
2. Applications that link to, incent users to download, or otherwise promote alternate
marketplaces for content types that are sold or otherwise distributed through Windows
Marketplace for Mobile.
3. Applications that promote or link users to a website, or contain functionality within the
application itself, which encourages or requires the user to purchase or pay to upgrade the
application outside of Windows® Marketplace for Mobile.
4. Applications that enable VoIP (Voice over IP) services over a mobile operator network.
5. Applications that sell, link to, or otherwise promote mobile voice plans.
6. Applications that display advertising that does not meet the Microsoft Advertising Creative
Acceptance Policy Guide http://advertising.microsoft.com/creative-specs.
7. Applications that replace, remove or modify the default dialer, SMS, or MMS interface.
8. Applications that change the default browser, search client, or media player on the device.
9. Applications with an OTA (over the air) download >10 MB.
10. Applications that run code outside Microsoft runtimes (native, managed, and widgets)
11. Applications that publish a user’s location information to any other person without first having
received the user’s express permission (opt-in) to do so, and that do not provide the user a
means of opting out of having their location information published.
12. Applications that publish a user’s data from their mobile device to any other person without first
having received the user’s express permission (opt-in) to do so, and that do not provide the user
a means of opting out of having their data published. A “user’s data” includes, without limit,
contacts, photos, SMS or other text communication, browsing history, location information, and
other data either stored on the mobile device or stored in the “cloud” but accessible from the
mobile device.

And here’s the second piece of good news about Windows Marketplace for Mobile: it will be available for older versions of the Windows Mobile operating system, mainly Windows Mobile 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6.1.



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