Oh-so-innovative Microsoft launches mobile app site for Windows Mobile

“Just days after the launch of Apple’s App Store, Microsoft has put up a website that attempts to compete. I say ‘attempts,’ because the new portal, which is powered by Silverlight, looks very rushed,” Emil Protalinski repots for Ars Technica.

“The site, dubbed ‘Windows Mobile Applications’ under the slogan ‘DO MORE,’ aims to promote most of the applications currently available for Windows Mobile (estimated to be something like 18,000),” Protalinski reports. “The problem is that Microsoft is trying a little too hard: it brought Mr. Flashy along for the ride, and left Mr. Usability behind.”

Protalinski reports, “Microsoft is not taking a cut of sales for every Windows Mobile application, it is merely trying to offer a single site that users can use to explore and find new software. The trouble is users aren’t going to be finding many applications without a search function. Instead, Microsoft has created a very-slow-moving carousel for looking through the applications.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ampar” for the heads up.]

Any day now, we expect a post-liposuction Ballmer to show up at some trade show dressed in jeans and a black mock turtleneck saying “Boom!” a lot.

84 Comments

  1. Just curious. HOW DOES one load Windows mobile apps on to a phone? My little motorola has not internet connection. I think I can connect it to a computer but I have never seen anything about adding software???

    In fact, I have NEVER seen ads for adding software and functionality to ANY PHONE, EVER. (except the iPhone, of course)

    Is it me or is the entire industry in catch up mode???

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  2. I tried do view the site but it says I need to download silverfish or limelight or something. So I clicked the download link and my company content filter blocked me.

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  3. Just looked at the site and Protalinski was right. There is no search field! To view the apps you have scroll through them on a ridiculously slow cover-flow-ish display.
    The site has a green color scheme. Clearly green with envy!

  4. Hey, don’t laugh to much at this pathetic attempt by Microshit. Wall street is loving it. Microdick is up $0.06 as of 20 minutes ago.

    What a sad world that company in crackmond live in.

    And if you live there, that is your choice so don’t get mad that I lumped you in.

  5. “Why would an IT company block a Microsoft site?”

    do you know what IT stands for? there is your answer…. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Apple reconsiders changing its corporate motto to reflect its new standards of quality and commitment:

    Without Microsoft, we would never be any good.

    Apple, we’re not as a bad as Microsoft.

    Apple less crappy that Microsoft.

    Apple, the worse Microsoft is, the better we are.

    Why improve? We’ve got the Microsoft correction factor.

    Apple, our success is defined by Microsoft.

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