Bad News For Windows Mobile 6.x Users, Marketplace Is Shuttering Down On May 9th

Posted on Mar 9 2012 - 12:07pm by Editorial Staff

Bad news for those who are still using a Windows Mobile 6.x device for work – as the Windows Marketplace for Mobile is going to shut down on May 9th.  The effect is for the old Windows Marketplace for Mobile and not the current Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 7. Launched two years back at Mobile World Congress 2009, the Marketplace was regarded as a temporary place to browse and download third party applications on the old Windows Mobile Marketplace.

Microsoft said in an email sent to users today, “Starting on [May 9], you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications directly on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone using the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace application and service.”

Apps and games that have been installed on Windows Mobile devices will still work after May 9, but new download will not be available. There’s a chance, of course, that apps and games might be available directly from developers via third-party marketplaces. All those apps will be deleted forever, however, if your phone is wiped or you do a hard reset on your device – including data on removable storage cards.

“Microsoft recommends you review the applications or games installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone and install any available updates in advance of the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service shut-down on May 9, 2012,” the company said.

Here’s the full email, if in case you want to go through it:

Windows Marketplace for Mobile 6.x Discontinuation Notice

March 8, 2012

Dear Windows Mobile 6.x customer:

Microsoft is discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile service for Windows Mobile 6.x. Please review the details below to familiarize yourself with the changes:

Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace Service To Be Discontinued

Beginning May 9, 2012, the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available. Starting on this date, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications directly on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone using the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace application and service.

Applications and games acquired from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone will continue to work after the service is discontinued on May 9, 2012. However, additional downloads of these applications and games from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available.

Take Action

Microsoft recommends you review the applications or games installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone and install any available updates in advance of the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service shut-down on May 9, 2012.

Please note: All phone data, including applications acquired through the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service, data and user-specific settings, will be deleted from your Windows Mobile 6.x phone in the event that your phone is wiped or “hard reset.” Any data on a removable storage card, if present, will also be deleted if your phone is wiped or “hard reset”.

Windows Mobile applications and games that are compatible with Windows Mobile 6.x may still be available directly from their developers or via third-party marketplaces.

Thank you for your continued support of Windows Phone.

-The Windows Phone Team

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