Windows Marketplace for Mobile Accepts Apps, Contest Announced

Windows Mobile h You can now post your application onto Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Submissions for mobile-device applications will be accepted from 29 supported countries.

Todd Brix made the announcement on a blog posting on the Windows Team site titled The Race to Market.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile will go live this fall.

Initially Windows Marketplace for Mobile will support applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. Windows Marketplace for Mobile will also be available to Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 devices by the end of 2009. This means that you can reach more than 30 million Windows Mobile devices.

Application certification are made on a first in, first out basis and should take 10 business days, and the status of applications can be checked through the Developer Dashboard.

For more information, see these PDF files:

Brix adds, “we can expect to see 20 billion applications downloaded annually in the years ahead.”

Submit your application to the Windows Mobile Developer site.

Race to Marketplace Challenge

You can submit your application in the Race to Marketplace challenge. Prizes include four Microsoft Surface tables (Developer Edition), online marketing & promotion of your app and challenge trophies for the mantle. Applications will be judged on:  Most downloads of a free app; Most valuable app (downloads x price); Most useful (as judged by Microsoft panel); Most playful (as judged by Microsoft panel).

Contest runs from launch to Dec 31, 2009. Further details are available at

Getting Started

If you are new to Windows Mobile development, see Windows Mobile Developer Getting Started site. You use your current skills with .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and the developer toolkit.


Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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