Windows Marketplace restrictions stupid, ridiculous

marketplaceflushed The list of what applications are disallowed by the upcoming Windows Mobile Marketplace has just been revealed , and it makes us doubt for Microsoft’s sanity.

WMExperts published a full full list, but there is not a single one I can agree with.

Prohibited Application Types:

1. Applications that are or distribute alternate marketplaces for content types (applications, games, themes etc.) that are sold or otherwise distributed through Windows® Marketplace for Mobile.

So no apps like Didiom? No Guitar Hero apps that let you buy tunes from your phone?

2. Applications that link to, incent users to download, or otherwise promote alternate marketplaces for content types that are sold or otherwise distributed through Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

What?!?  Microsoft scared of competition?

3. Applications that promote or link users to a website, or contain functionality within the application itself, which encourages or requires the user to purchase or pay to upgrade the application outside of Windows® Marketplace for Mobile.

More stupidity.  So developers are forced to pay $99 per year for application upgrades ad infinitum?

4. Applications that enable VoIP (Voice over IP) services over a mobile operator network.

What?!?!?! Skype being banned!

5. Applications that sell, link to, or otherwise promote mobile voice plans.

Skype again?

6. Applications that display advertising that does not meet the Microsoft Advertising Creative Acceptance Policy Guide http://advertising.microsoft.com/creative-specs.

And why should I care about Microsoft’s standards?

7. Applications that replace, remove or modify the default dialer, SMS, or MMS interface.

Again, what’s wrong with alternate apps?

8. Applications that change the default browser, search client, or media player on the device.

Microsoft has GOT to be joking?  They want to ban Google and Opera? PocketTunes? Kinoma?

9. Applications with an OTA (over the air) download >10 MB.

Does Microsoft think they are Apple? They have no podcasting solution of their own, will not have any ready for WM 6.5, and want to ban BeyondPod? Idiots.

10. Applications that run code outside Microsoft runtimes (native, managed, and widgets)

So what – now Mortscript is banned too?

11. Applications that publish a user’s location information to any other person without first having received the user’s express permission (opt-in) to do so, and that do not provide the user a means of opting out of having their location information published.

So no RecoveryCop?  What if the user and the owner are two different people?

12. Applications that publish a user’s data from their mobile device to any other person without first having received the user’s express permission (opt-in) to do so, and that do not provide the user a means of opting out of having their data published. A “user’s data” includes, without limit, contacts, photos, SMS or other text communication, browsing history, location information, and other data either stored on the mobile device or stored in the “cloud” but accessible from the mobile device.

Again, the user and the owner are not always the same person.

Of note also is that Microsoft intends to kill the Today screen plug-in market as we know it.

It is a requirement that applications do not have:

  • A Today Screen plug-in
  • A Today Screen component
  • Launch the Today Screen.

Microsoft do not have the luxury of crippling their Marketplace.  Whoever decided to copy Apple’s restrictions word for words needs to be taken out behind the barn and shot.

What do our readers think?  Let us know in the comments.

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