Microsoft Windows Mobile turns the page announcing the closure of the applications portal Windows Mobile Marketplace in May 2012 to concentrate fully on Windows Phone.
By unveiling the Windows Phone platform in 2010, Microsoft created a clean break from the earlier developments of its platform by failing to ensure backward compatibility with Windows Mobile. It was therefore necessary to reconstruct a catalog of mobile applications despite the offer which was consistent with the previous versions.
And while the Windows Phone Marketplace is growing and has exceeded 60 000 applications available, Microsoft has maintained a Windows Mobile Marketplace for users of devices running Windows Mobile 6.x, but it’s time for transition.
Drawing a line under the past (whose last days were painful due to the rise of iOS and Android) Microsoft announced the upcoming closure of the portal Windows Mobile Marketplace. It is set for 9 May 2012, when it will be no longer possible to access the portal.
Windows Mobile applications will continue to run on Windows Mobile devices, the Redmond Group recommends proceeding with all software updates possible ahead of the closing date.
But now in case of hard reset, all information stored on your devices will be lost and not recoverable from the portal. To recover you will have to contact the developers of apps in each case.
The new Windows Mobile appplications were not accepted on the Windows Mobile Marketplace as of July 2011. Now, all efforts are geared towards Windows Phone.