Mango tied to new Windows Phone Marketplace

A refurbished online app store is yet another change that's due to come with Microsoft's Mango update to Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
Microsoft will overhaul the first iteration of its online marketplace this fall. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

In addition to today's Windows Phone 7 Mango software and hardware announcements pertaining to the phone is another tidbit aimed squarely at Web use. This fall's Mango update will also include a new version of the online Windows Phone Marketplace.

Similar to Google's Android Market and RIM's BlackBerry App World, the Mango edition of the online marketplace will sell and download games from the Web site to the Windows phone.

Details are sparse on the blog post where CNET discovered the news, though more news on the "Mango Marketplace" will be coming, assured Matt Bencke, general manager for the Windows Phone Developer and Marketplace Experiences, in his message to developers.

In addition, Microsoft will announce the date that developers can start submitting Mango apps for certification in the upcoming weeks.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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