Browse and download available Windows Phone 7 apps with MarketplaceBrowser

Browse and download available Windows Phone 7 apps with MarketplaceBrowser

Summary: An enthusiast has put together a great way to browse through existing Windows Phone 7 apps

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Earlier this month I wrote about a feature on Bing that lets you not only browse through all available Windows Phone 7 apps, but also see a current count of them.

Well, Paul Willen, a passionate Windows Phone user and editor at MobilityMinded found limitations in Microsoft's Bing implementation, the on-board Windows Phone search for apps and the Zune Desktop and has created his own solution: MarketplaceBrowser.com. The site itself is in its infancy but it already boasts more apps (currently numbering 2436) than the Bing Search (2383 as of this writing). In addition, MarketplaceBrowser features a Top 100 and the ability for users to click a download button, which launches the Zune Desktop software.

I think this site has a lot of potential. You can easily search for anything you want and / or click the category you're interested in. You are then presented with some screenshots, some information about the apps, and even the ability to share or comment about the app.

If you're looking for some Windows Phone apps, or want to see what's out there before you pick up a Windows Phone, MarketplaceBrowser is definitely worth a look.

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Telcos, Windows

Joel Evans

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With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • RE: Browse and download available Windows Phone 7 apps with MarketplaceBrowser

    I'm just glad these things can be jail-broken now, it almost makes them a viable phone.
    Socratesfoot
    • RE: Browse and download available Windows Phone 7 apps with MarketplaceBrowser

      @Socratesfoot Jail-broken, Really? Can you post a link please. Thanks
      AboveAverageJoe
  • Great tool

    for browsing the fast expanding market place.
    youRstupid
  • WP7

    I've been using my LG Quantum WP7 device for nearly a week now, and have to say I'm a convert. Windows Phone 7 really good, and Microsoft absolutely has a chance to be a contender in this market.
    ParrotHead_FL
  • RE: Browse and download available Windows Phone 7 apps with MarketplaceBrowser

    It's a nice UI and has potential, but it needs to time to gain some functionality before I use WP7 as my daily phone. Specifically, I don't want to use bloatware like Zune to sync my phone or to move my data and contact to Windows Live in order to sync them back to the phone. I'll wait until we get local storage and drag and drop functionality.
    Theseus
    • Zune

      @Theseus Yeah, I was hoping that Microsoft would further differentiate itself from the iPhone by not requiring Zune.

      That said, in the week that I've had my phone I haven't used Zune to synch with it once. I just don't use my phone that way--I don't have a need to transfer music and pictures from my computer to my phone.
      ParrotHead_FL
      • RE: Browse and download available Windows Phone 7 apps with MarketplaceBrowser

        @ParrotHead_FL You'll need Zune to update your phone though. OTA updates have been scrapped.
        eracca