Marketplace coming in November to Windows Mobile 6.1

We were quite concerned when the rumoured release date of Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.1 seemed to have been pushed all the way into the New Year, but the Windows blog has clarified things somewhat.

As we’ve been discussing since July, our plan is to deliver the full Marketplace experience in two phases. First, we’ll launch Windows Marketplace for Mobile with Windows phones on October 6th. We’ve also discussed following this launch with an update that will include support for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 by the end of the year. More specifically, we’re targeting November for phase two. In addition, this second phase will bring the PC based catalog and shopping experience, user generated app reviews, advanced key-based anti-piracy protection and other enhancements that expand your business opportunity and make it easier for a larger number of customers to find and buy your application.

November is not as bad as January, as long as its not November 30th. Read more at the Windows Team blog here.