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Default Windows Mobile takes one more step to the grave

Windows Mobile, the 6.x version that was later rebranded in the next version as Windows Phone 7, was never a particularly beloved mobile operating system. Its main flaw was in being too much like a computer and less like a phone, and the UI practically demanded the use of a stylus. It was more open than WP7 and had some neat features as a result of it being more like a computer (such as direct hard drive access), but it could never gain traction in the consumer world as a serious contender; it just felt dated. Just like with XP, Microsoft is going to force people off the platform, but support will be cut out slowly and in pieces until it's eventually entirely deprecated.

The latest bit of support to be cut is the impending closing of the Windows Mobile Marketplace. The Windows Phone Marketplace will be left untouched, of course. Windows Mobile can still be developed for just as before, but the main hub of programs will no longer be accessible on May 9. If you happen to use Windows Mobile, pick up whatever apps and updates you can before then; the lack of a Marketplace won't remove apps, but you won't be able to download them from the main source any longer.

[TechCrunch via The Verge]

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