On October 6th, Microsoft launched their new Windows Phone running Windows Mobile 6.5 One of the many features is the addition of a market place for mobile devices. At the time of launch, this was only available for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. This week, Microsoft has made Market Place for Mobile available to all Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 based devices.
To install the Market Place for Mobile application, go to http://mp.windowsphone.com on your device. From there, you can download and install the market place on your device. Once installed, you will be able to browse applications targeted for your region and device type.
It’s great to see Microsoft has made their market place available for older devices as this allows developers to target a much larger install base. However, the cost of entry for developers is prohibitive. As well, the cost of listing applications for multiple regions in the market place can add up very quickly. It’s a significant step forward for developers and the community but until the cost is addressed, I don’t see the market place being a serious contender. Check it out on your device and let us know what you think.