Windows Phone Marketplace coming to the web in time for Mango

first_imgThe Windows Phone Mango update will address many of the shortcomings in Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, but the WP7 ecosystem needs a little help, too. On the smartphone side, there have been some much-needed updates to the Marketplace. While the lack of a browser-accessible Marketplace is definitely a miss, let’s bear in mind that Google dropped the ball on that one as well — by beaten to the punch by competitors like AppBrain — and RIM didn’t offer one initially either. Windows Phone 7 users do have some alternatives, like WP7 AppList, but now Microsoft has revealed that a first-party, web-based version is on the way. You’ll need to contain your excitement, however. The Windows Phone Marketplace won’t be launching until Mango is released to the general public this fall.Once it arrives, the Marketplace will offer the usual app store shopping options: browsing by category, searching, listings of top apps and games, and hand-picked featured downloads. Click an app or game and you’re whisked away to a detailed view. You can then push it to your phone for installation, albeit somewhat clunkily. You’ll have to SMS or email yourself a link which you can then manually open on your WP7 phone to actually install the app. The web Marketplace will also offer easy social sharing of apps via email, Facebook, and Twitter — you’ll even be able to copy and paste embed codes for a little additional sizzle.AdChoices广告By the way, did anybody else notice that the featured apps in the header are actually all games? I think that kind of underscores the comparatively small number of truly awesome applications available to Windows Phone 7 users at the moment.via WinRumorslast_img

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