173 apps in US Marketplace for Windows Mobile so far

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We have previously posted that the UK Marketplace only has 32 apps.  Our US readers protested that the situation is a lot different in US, and have sent us this screen shot of Marketplace there. While 173 apps are still a lot less than the 600 previously rumoured for launch day, the number has steadily been growing throughout the day.

Having the majority of apps not accessible in most of the world is far from ideal, and in some locals it would make marketplace as a Windows Mobile feature completely worthless.  This is the outcome of Microsoft charging $10 for each additional market, and with 29 markets available this obviously ads up quickly, especially for free and niche apps.

We have heard for example there is only 3 apps in the Polish Marketplace for Windows Mobile.  In such locals obviously access to the worldwide market would be a solution that needs to be implemented.

Of note has been our finding that you cant choose to install apps to the  storage card, cant return apps from the device, and that a soft reset can allow the downloaded cab to be copied (which may then allow installation to the storage card).

We will continue to cover Marketplace news, and hope for a massive launch boost tomorrow.

Could Microsoft have structures Marketplace better?  Let us know in the comments.

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