By Chuong Nguyen | December 17, 2009 2:19 PM
According to Microsoft, there are now over 800 applications available for download at Marketplace for Mobile–the official applications storefront for Windows Mobile for on-device OTA purchases as well as desktop management via browser log-in. Marketplace for Mobile launched alongside Windows Mobile 6.5 in early October and is now present on Windows Mobile 6.0, 6.1, and 6.5 devices.
Although 800 apps are in Marketplace, not all applications may appear or show up for all users. Marketplace for Mobile intelligently filters out apps that are not compatible for your device and only shows the applications that are available and compatible for your Windows phone or Windows Mobile handset. According to Brandon Miniman, Chief Editor at pocketnow.com, of the 800 applications that are in the Marketplace right now, only 400 applications appeared on his Windows Mobile device.
Windows Mobile has one of the largest applications catalog available on any mobile platform. However, not all have been submitted nor approved for Marketplace for Mobile, and unlike the iPhone, you can still load applications that aren’t on Marketplace for Mobile legally without having to hack your device onto a Windows phone. In comparison with available inventory in other official app stores, iPhone iTunes App Store, which has roughly 100,000 applications, Android Market contains 16,000 apps, and Palm App Catalog has roughly 800 apps also, Windows Mobile still seems to be a nascent place for mobile shoppers.