Microsoft adds online app sales to Windows Marketplace

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Microsoft announced a series of updates to its Windows Marketplace for Mobile storefront, most notably introducing new desktop-based shopping options enabling consumers to purchase applications via PC. Users can now browse, buy and download applications from the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile website, which wirelessly delivers WinMo apps to the customer's phone--installation follows the next time the Windows Marketplace client runs on the device.

In addition, Microsoft's Senior Director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management Todd Brix writes on the Windows Mobile Developer Blog that the WinMo Marketplace developer portal includes a number of enhancements enabling simpler uploading of images, improved insight into account status and other refinements, all based on feedback from developers. Brix adds the update also boosts anti-piracy protection.

For more on the Windows Marketplace upgrade:
- read this Windows Mobile Developer Blog entry

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