The Windows Marketplace for Mobile for windows mobile 6.x devices is closing

Windows Marketplace for Mobile 6.x Discontinuation Notice

March 8, 2012


Dear Windows Mobile 6.x customer:

Microsoft is discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile service for Windows Mobile 6.x. Please review the details below to familiarize yourself with the changes:

Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace Service To Be Discontinued

Beginning May 9, 2012, the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available. Starting on this date, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications directly on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone using the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace application and service.

Applications and games acquired from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone will continue to work after the service is discontinued on May 9, 2012. However, additional downloads of these applications and games from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available.

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Microsoft recommends you review the applications or games installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone and install any available updates in advance of the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service shut-down on May 9, 2012.

Please note: All phone data, including applications acquired through the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service, data and user-specific settings, will be deleted from your Windows Mobile 6.x phone in the event that your phone is wiped or "hard reset." Any data on a removable storage card, if present, will also be deleted if your phone is wiped or "hard reset".

Windows Mobile applications and games that are compatible with Windows Mobile 6.x may still be available directly from their developers or via third-party marketplaces.

Thank you for your continued support of Windows Phone.

-The Windows Phone Team

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Since you will lose any applications you've purchased or downloaded through the Marketplace if you perform a hard reset and since there will be no way to recover these applications after the Marketplace closes permanently, you should make sure all the applications you want to retain are installed on your phone and then BACK YOUR PHONE up and save that backup file someplace safe. 

Backup software that should work:

Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen):

Windows Mobile Standard (non-touchscreen)


NOTE:  I removed Dotfred's PIM Backup from the set of possible backup options, since it does not backup the software that is installed on a phone(per Resourceful's comment below).

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