Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace winding down–no more app submissions from July 15th

The Windows Mobile 6.5 Marketplace launched in November 2009 and never really caught on, peaking at around 7000 apps and may now only have around 1500 apps in the store.

No wonder then that Microsoft appears intent on winding down the effort and deploying their resources elsewhere.

According to a MSDN forum post by Edgeway software Microsoft has sent an email to developers telling them they will not be accepting any further submissions to the Windows Mobile 6.x marketplace from the 15th July. Apps will still be available to purchase and download by end users, but no new apps will be added.

Of course Windows Mobile is not Windows Phone 7, and the millions of handset owners who still have an older device are of course free to side load to their hearts content, but it is still somewhat sad to see the platform which kept me connected while mobile for so many years slowly slip away.

Do many of our readers still run Windows Mobile handsets?  How do you feel about this latest development? Let us know below.

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