Microsoft is going to shut down Windows Marketplace for Mobile application storefront on 9 May, indicating that the focus has been shifted on the newer Windows Phone Marketplace, which serves devices running the current Windows Phone mobile operating system.
This means that starting from the aforesaid day, customers with handsets running on the older Windows mobile platform will not have an official outlet to download applications. It will not only be the users, the developers too will not be able to access the Windows Marketplace.
This decision taken by Microsoft is not a huge surprise for users since Microsoft stopped accepting new apps from last May itself, and the store only has a measly 65,000 apps. Since Windows Mobile has seen its share of the market decline from 37% in 2006 to 3% in 2011, there’s not much of a demand out there for those apps anyway.
So, finally it’s time now for the users of old Windows mobile handset to buy a new mobile device and avail the benefits of Windows Marketplace.
Check the e-mail sent by Microsoft to its users informing about this closure.