Microsoft Issues Wide-Sweeping Bans for Applications in Windows Mobile Market

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As the Apple iPhone app store and T-Mobile G1 phone application market show signs of becoming more open, Microsoft has gone in the opposite direction, issuing a flat-out Mobile Market ban from their Mobile2Market applications market on several genre of applications, including alternate browsers or search clients. In otherwords, you and your Windows Mobile phone will remain captive and chained to only Microsoft applications.

Other applications banned by Microsoft from being sold through the Microsoft Mobile Market, the marketplace for Windows Mobile Phone applications, include applications that “link to, incent users to download, or otherwise promote alternate marketplaces for content types that are sold or otherwise distributed through Windows Marketplace for Mobile,” applications that “sell, link to, or otherwise promote mobile voice plans,” and any VoIP applications.

So, all you Windows Mobile users out there..how do you feel about this?

Here, by the way, is the full list, taken directly from Microsoft’s own statement on the subject:

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