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CNET First Look
Windows Marketplace for MobileWe check out Microsoft's new application storefront, Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
[ MUSIC ] ^M00:00:03 >> [Jessica Dolcourt:] I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET.com taking a first look at Windows Marketplace for Mobile. This is the first mobile application store for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. We hear that it will also sometimes work on other Windows Mobile phones, 6.0 and 6.1. But that's not confirmed yet, so you're going to have to test it out on your own. There's a search bar up at the top, and there are a lot of categories. There's a Showcase, Most Popular list, What's New. There are about sixteen categories here, and as you can see, there aren't a ton of apps yet. The Marketplace just opened. There are about eighty-two games at launch. What's nice is that on some screens there's this filter so you can actually search by paid, free, and newest applications. There's also an application management screen where you can see which apps you've got ready to install. You can uninstall applications. If you switch devices, you can actually reinstall all of the applications that you bought through the Marketplace. One nice feature that Microsoft has is that it is allowing you to get a full refund on applications either that you don't want or don't like within the first twenty-four hours. However, you are limited to one refund per month. Like I said, it is a little bit lean on the apps right now. Hopefully this will change, but overall this is a really great and necessary application store for the Windows phones. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET. This has been Windows Marketplace for Mobile. ^M00:01:21 [ MUSIC ]