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Microsoft Kissing Windows Mobile 6 Goodbye

Ever since Windows Phone 7 devices hit the shelves, Windows Mobile 6 has been pushed aside in favor of its more modern successor. It’s no secret that Microsoft’s main focus is WP7, and the company has confirmed will take another step away from Windows Mobile this summer.

Microsoft has set the end-of-support date for Windows Mobile 6.x. According to WinRumors, the company told Windows Marketplace for Mobile developers that it will no longer accept new Windows Mobile 6.x applications or application updates from July 15 onwards.

  • App Submission and Management. On July 15, 2011, we will no longer be accepting new Windows Mobile 6.x applications or application updates. In addition, it will no longer be possible to modify prices, metadata, or other information. However, you will still be able to remove your apps by contacting support.
  • App Distribution. Even though app submission will stop on July 15, users will still be able to purchase and download your Windows Mobile 6.x applications through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
  • App Reporting. Sales and download reports will continue to be available for your Windows Mobile 6.x applications through the App Hub after July 15.
  • Developer Payouts. Developer payouts will continue to be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Windows Phone Marketplace Application Provider Agreement.

However, it seems things have been slowing down for quite a while. WinRumors spoke to one developer who says there are a number of outstanding bugs in Microsoft’s developer system for Windows Mobile 6.x app creators that have been apparent for months and it doesn't look like they'll be fixed anytime soon.

"There are many many bugs, none of which seem to be getting fixed," Anthony Wieser of Wieser Software LTD told WinRumors, later adding that his efforts to have bugs affecting his own apps fixed have been going on for months. Back in April, he even emailed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer responded that the company would 'get on it' but Wieser just recently received an email saying the bugs won't be fixed at all because Windows Mobile is being phased out.

Are you a Windows Mobile user? Will you be moving to Windows Phone 7 once Windows Mobile is completely phased out, or are you going to move to another platform entirely? Let us know in the comments below!

  • plznote
    Who honestly cares about Windows Mobile 6?
  • flyflinger
    yes... no... yes
  • eddieroolz
    The old has to move on, even though a lot still like its multitasking capabilities.
  • Not everybody uses this for phones. This is actually crazy talk. Windows Mobile is on more computers then you could even imagine. For Work PDAs delivery, stocking, mechincal computers, robotic control systems, aviation. The fact of the matter is Windows Mobile 7 is probably coming. Just in a couple flavors.
  • memadmax
    This is a big duh. I hate WiMP6. It sucks so bad.
  • Windows Mobile 6.x has paid far better than WP7! support just fixed the bug with Zero downloads...
  • chickenhoagie
    I wish I could be there to stab this beast straight in the heart with a flail..die mobile dirty slut
  • icebug
    as soon as I can get a device on my carrier i am in, until then ill just keep trucking along with my touch pro i guess
  • jaksun5
    I was given an android phone for free by my carrier 6 months ago and the truth is I still use my old WinMo6.1 phone, the reasons why are numerous.

    The old phone does everything I need for my work's Exchange server, has all the connectivity options that my new phone has (WiFi, HSDPA, A-GPS), GPS doesn't rely on a data/mobile connection like google maps does, on my email I can read a lot more on one screen with my crappy looking windows font than Android allows me to see with all it's graphical bling, same goes for ebook reading with Freda connected to Feedbooks, rather than having Aldiko or the Amazon reader. Opera Mobile browser is a saving grace for this phone since the built in IE blows dog.

    The screen sucks compared to most new phones, but I have a hardware keyboard on my unit. Also because the phone is a bit old and been thrashed, I'm not too fussed about it (although it's been dropped on concrete about 50 times and still works).

    Realistically the only thing I'm missing is the apps, and after spending a month or 2 using the Android phone, they really are mostly games which don't interest me that much. It's a shame that WinMo phones don't have more modern apps available to them, and that it appears as a developer community we are reliant on a big Apple or Google to create an app friendly ecosystem. It's a step in the right direction going partly open source as Google have done, but I was hoping the old Sharp Zaurus may have got more traction with it's linux based OS. In fact I'm not sure why the community wasn't more software/app focused, the only difference I can see myself (and i'm not a developer so feel free to correct me) was that by creating an 'app store' and making it 'cool' people could sell apps for a reasonable cost (1-2 bucks) and still make money. I remember people asking me to pay 30-60 bucks for an app when I first got my WinMo phone and I thought that was ridiculous, needless to say I bought nothing. Was it this stalemate that failed the old WinMo platform? Food for thought...
    Great...just in time for me to upgrade from my Win Mobile 6 phone. I've been looking at the DROID BIONIC, anyway. I won't be getting another Windows Phone, that's for sure.