Now Microsoft is looking to
become the latest to try to challenge Apple's App Store dominance.
Microsoft just rolled out Windows Live Marketplace, a new
app store which is available on phones running on its Windows
Mobile 6.5 operating system. The store appears to have launched
a day early on some phones, but few are complaining.
marketplace reportedly has 40
currently available applications (iTunes App Store currently has
around 75,000). You can access the store using your current
Windows Live ID and pay for apps via credit card.
Some of the
currently available applications include Street Fighter II, Facebook,
a Netflix manager, Pac-Man, Mastersoft Money V6, and a WorldTime
More applications are likely on the way for
tomorrow's official launch. EA reportedly has signed a contract
with Microsoft to provide some games for the store, including a
mobile version of Sim City.
The Windows Live Marketplace was
noted on the new AT&T Pure, which users began picking up this