Microsoft has been extremely quiet regarding its Windows Mobile Marketplace since it was announced at the Mobile World Congress. The company’s answer to Apple’s App Store has been expected for some time, though we still don’t know when it will officially launch. This weekend, however, the first signs of a near launch appeared.
The mobile-formatted web page announces free and premium apps will be coming soon, but the appearance of the client page points to a web portal rather than a standalone application or mobile client as Microsoft’s distribution choice. This would be a big disappoint after such a long wait. Not only would a web portal prevent simultaneous downloads, offline browsing and automatic application updates, but it will also raise a few eyebrows. What the heck took so long for Microsoft to put up a mobile web page?