Hey now — don’t give me that look. It’s not entirely impossible.
The Windows Mobile Marketplace
The Windows Mobile Marketplace (yes, Microsoft’s version of the App Store) opened with 246 applications on Tuesday. It’s accessible so far only via a WinMo 6.5 phone, but Microsoft plans to eventually offer a PC-based interface as well.
So what kind of options will you find inside? It’s not all FreeCell and Minesweeper, believe it or not. Some of the apps included in the inaugural lineup are mobile offerings by Facebook, MySpace, Netflix, and Zagat. There’s a Pac-Man game, a SimCity game, and a streaming radio utility by WunderRadio. No sign yet, however, of Poop the World or any of the iPhone’s recent porn star app additions.
Prices in Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Marketplace range from free (Netflix, CNBC Stocks) to $20 and up (Zagat to Go, SPB Traveler 2.0). And there’ll be plenty more chances to drop cash in the future: Microsoft promises it has more than 750 developers actively working to expand the WinMo application menu.
The WinMo Marketplace will provide a couple other perks not available in AppleLand: It’ll allow you to return a limited number of apps within 24 hours of buying them, and it’ll offer you the option of paying either via credit card or through your mobile service bill.
Still not excited? Hey, I tried. I guess the WinMo apps we really want — you know, things like BALLmer Buster and BSOD4me — will just have to remain within the confines of our imagination.