Windows Mobile MarketPlace Closes Doors On May 9th

Microsoft seems to have some trouble trying to get customers to upgrade from older technologies. Remember the number of users that continued to use Internet Explorer 6 even though Microsoft representatives themselves urged that customers upgrade so that they could experience the full potential of the web as well as have a browser that was secure?

Then there was also the push that Microsoft continues to promote with their desktop operating system trying to persuade users to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Now, I won’t go into the reasons as to why people (or businesses) are reluctant to upgrade, but they have their reasons.
Now, Microsoft would like to put the final nail in the coffin when it comes to their Windows Mobile app store. Just to be clear, this is not the Windows Phone Marketplace, but it is their older app store that services Windows Mobile 6.x. Effective May 9th, the doors will forever close on this app store and from that day forward, you will not be able to peruse the app store, buy apps nor download them. Any apps that you currently have installed on your mobile phone will continue to work and it is very possible that you may still get third party support through the app publisher’s website itself. However, this will be the discretion of the respective publishers themselves.
As the Marketplace will be going dark shortly, Microsoft also offers a word of caution to its customers. If you delete an application for whatever reason or alternatively perform a hard reset on the device, you will not be able to download the app again through Microsoft.