All of the primary mobile operating systems have on-device application stores, except for Windows Mobile. We have been patiently waiting (we seem to do that a lot with Microsoft's Windows Mobile products) for the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile and today we at least have some news that the launch is getting closer. Starting on 27 July, developers can submit applications to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile from 29 supported countries. The launch date is still vague with a time frame of Fall 2009, but at least it looks like it will launch with applications ready and available to download and install.
In addition to the application submission news, we also found out that the Windows Marketplace for Mobile will support Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 devices (by the end of 2009) as well as the 6.5 devices it will be launching on in the Fall. There will also be a Business Center category for business apps as Windows Mobile is still mostly embraced by the enterprise more than consumers.
A developer contest will also be announced on 27 July so stay tuned for that news.