In a move that clearly enhance the rumours about SkyMarket being unveiled at Mobile World Congress this February, Microsoft now offers free certification to developers for their Windows Mobile applications.
That means, that Windows Mobile developers can send their applications to Microsoft, to acquire Windows Mobile certification, to have their code signed and have their application listed on the Windows Mobile catalogue (quite possible on SkyMarket as well…).
Quoting the Innovate on Windows Mobile site, where developers can send their application:
Innovate On Windows Mobile is a resource site where partners can learn about building applications on the Windows Mobile platform, get technical assistance from Microsoft while building it, and have the completed application tested and certified for market jointly with Microsoft.
Within this site, you will find four stages that can help you through the whole process in a step-by-step fashion. We will provide links to resources, training, and information within those four stages.
This is a good sign. If Microsoft gives services that used to cost up to $800 for free, Microsoft must have high hopes for their new application store.