Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

Summary: You can now easily browse the more than 30,000 Windows Phone apps, have them installed, and write reviews all from the new web-based Marketplace.

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Today is Windows Phone Mango day with updates starting to roll out and some other promised services starting to go live. Microsoft said there would be a web-based Marketplace, similar to the Android Market, and if you go to www.windowsphone.com/en-US/marketplace right now you should see that it is live. You will also find there is a new unified My Windows Phone page where you can manage your Xbox LIVE profile, LIVE Mail, SkyDrive and Find My Phone settings all on a great looking site.

The new web-based Marketplace should help out quite a bit with app discovery and once you find an app you can choose to install it right from the website. There are also options to Like an app on Facebook or Tweet about it on Twitter so you can share it with your friends. I really like that I can now rate and review apps I have loaded on the website and plan to write a lot more of these now that I can do it from a computer and not just my phone.

You can choose to download the app immediately to your phone using messaging or email instructions for installing the app later. If you have multiple phones in your profile you can choose which phones to install the app on too. I tested it out and this new service install the app on your phone without you having to do anything else at all on your phone, assuming it isn't so large as to require a WiFi connection. This is slick and makes Windows Phone even better than it was already.

Thanks to WPCentral.com for the heads-up on the web marketplace and updated My Phone website.

Topics: Microsoft, Browser, Mobility, Telcos, Windows

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  • will fail

    as other M$ mobile efforts failed.
    Android won!
    The Linux Geek
    • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

      @The Linux Geek
      Thanks for your useless feedback. When the linux guys start to cry...that's when you know MS is onto something BIG!
      Rob.sharp
  • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

    I like "My Phone" integration into it.
    Ram U
  • Wow... an online app store! Amazing!

    Wow... an app store. *ON* the web. Amazing! What a great idea! Microsoft is very inventive. You can download apps... from a network now!

    (How many *YEARS* behind is this idea???)

    Even ZdNet fails to mention is this "old news".
    CathyCC
    • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

      @CathyCC, MS flamers are as old news as it gets. Hope you like being stuck in the prior century!
      scH4MMER
    • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

      @CathyCC
      Have you every heard of Handango, PocketGear, PDAGear etc. They were before Android Market was up on the web. Also Microsoft was delivering Pocket PC and Windows Mobile apps through web even before Android was born. Get the facts straight before ranting cluelessly.
      Ram U
      • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

        @Rama.NET +1
        goombawa
    • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

      @CathyCC
      Cathy you seemed to have hit a nerve.
      daikon
    • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

      @CathyCC

      Old news? ZDNET Failed to mention they're pro APPLE too!

      MS has been in the game for a long time sweety. Look how many IP infringements the leaders have and then look at who owns the IP!
      Rob.sharp
  • RE: Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

    @Rama.Net:

    Unfortunately MSFT has been a bit slow (and lackadaisical) in their approach however.
    duplai@...