Is this MarketPlace?

Lets hope not…

marketplace If you visit you are presented with this mobile-formatted web page, promising the ability to find and download free or premium apps very soon.

If the Windows Mobile Marketplace is just a mobile-formatted web page, it would be an extremely disappointing development. A web page would lack a lot of the intelligence necessary to provide competitive functionality, such as appropriately detecting your device type, installed applications and version tracking, not to mention providing auto-update functionality and seamless installation of applications.

In fact independent Windows Mobile developers have already made applications which are vastly better than this. If Microsoft was only going to do a web page, they hardly had to wait 12 months to do this – they could as easily have done it last year.

We shall obviously see what develops, but I would have to join MSMobiles in saying some heads should roll in the Windows Mobile development team.