Windows Marketplace partners announced, plus more Windows Mobile 6.5 details
Just ahead of CTIA Wireless 2009, Microsoft has announced an impressive list of companies that will offer their support for Windows Mobile 6.5 and its app store – officially known as Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
So, without further ado, the first 27 companies that will provide applications for Windows Marketplace are:
Facebook, MySpace, CNBC, The Associated Press, EA Mobile, Glu Mobile, Gameloft, Namco Networks, Handmark, Magmic Games, AccuWeather.com, Pandora, Netflix, Spb Software, SBSH Mobile Software, ShoZu Inc., PhatWare Corp., Resco s.r.o., Ilium Software Inc., Developer One Mobile Software, Jeyo Inc., Kinoma, LiteScape, Sling Media Inc., Web Information Solutions Inc., Melodis Corp. and Zagat Survey.
Users will be able to pay for apps via credit card, or include the costs on their phone bill. If they return an app within 24 hours (assuming they’re not happy with it), a full refund will be offered.
Microsoft also announced it has partnered with Design Museum London and Council of Fashion Designers of America, in order to create free Windows Mobile 6.5 themes (like the ones seen above). Designer Isaac Mizrahi will be the first to work on “exclusive themes, including color palettes and wallpapers.”
Moreover, a Theme Generator will be launched later this year, allowing WM users to create personalized themes with any pics and colors they want.
Before Windows Mobile 6.5 actually becomes available, Microsoft plans to launch several free social networking apps for WM 6.1. For example, a Facebook app will be introduced starting April, while a MySpace app should be ready in the summer (and LG will preload it on its WM handsets).