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09-01-2008, 09:27 AM #1
Microsoft AppStore = "Skymarket"
With Apple's success so far with the AppStore and the Google's recent announcement of the Android Market Microsoft can't be far behind with a similar solution for Windows Mobile Devices expected to launch as early as 2009 and coincide with the release of Windows Mobile 7.
Enter the Skymarket, recently revealed not by press conference but by job ad. The open position of Skymarket Senior Product Manager will be filled by an individual who will "make the Windows Mobile marketplace 'the place to be' for developers wishing to distribute and monetize their Windows Mobile applications."
Other duties include:
- Definition of the product offering, pricing, business model and policies that will make the Windows Mobile marketplace “the place to be” for developers wishing to distribute and monetize their Windows Mobile application
- Responsibility for the business model and key elements that will drive the optimal experience for developers and monetization of the service by Microsoft
- Preparation and driving the cross group collaboration for the initial launch of the marketplace offering to the developer community this fall
- Preparation and driving the cross group collaboration with stakeholders in the commercial launch of the marketplace service with the launch of WM 7
- Define and mange the consumer, developer and mobile operator value proposition and supporting materials for use by PR, MCB’s developer outreach organization, and other teams across Microsoft
- Work closely with product planning on prioritization of consumer, developer, and mobile operator scenarios
- Support business development on engagements with mobile operators and integration of the marketplace offering into broader Microsoft services offerings or discussions
- Work closely with the Mobile Communication Business developer outreach organization
- Management of KPI’s for the service post launch
[via computerjobs via computerworld]
09-01-2008, 09:31 AM #2
Apple started a new revolution with iPhone and now Microsoft is copying them...
09-01-2008, 09:31 AM #3
It's always so businessy with microsoft.. =/
09-01-2008, 09:33 AM #4
Hope "Skymarket" is better than App Store
Seeing as App Store this morning crashed my iPhone and now it won't get past the Apple logo on start up
Hate you App Store
09-01-2008, 09:35 AM #5
Microsoft products = bluescreen of death mobile edition...or an endless reboot cycle like what happened to me on vista...skymarket should/ and will be called crymarket soon after its release :P
09-01-2008, 09:41 AM #6
Apple didnt start anything with the App store. But as always, they've once again managed to make a fairly old thing popular for the idiotic masses.
Ah well, no reason for MS not to follow this route.
Its a decent potential source of income.
09-01-2008, 10:20 AM #7
09-01-2008, 10:21 AM #8
^^I have to disagree, this is the first time wireless mobile apps have been accessible to this degree via the phone itself. However I feel the Appstore was somewhat poorly implemented and dislike the fact that 80% of the software available on the store is thrown together in an hour to "make a quick buck", the fact is its selling.
Im hoping like every new release given a few months we will start to see a variety of well written, "real" apps expand into the Appstore. I dont mind paying $10-$20 for something I can actually use on a regular basis (If you have ever used Windows Mobile software, its not cheap....most programs will run you $10 - $50 depending).
The fact is, with the strength of popularity for the iphone, even with its issues and underthought....Apple is still killing the market. We have already seen a number of devices released to "mimick" the iphone with minimal success compared. The strength of Microsoft's "SkyMarket" will only compare to the strength of devices out there, and that leaves alot to be desired for the majority.
This is just a step forward for Microsoft, which is what every company's scope would be. I wish them luck, I dont see any reason why this wouldnt be a valuable source of income for them as well.
In conclusion, I just hope Apple tightens up a bit. Just my 2 cents.
09-01-2008, 10:31 AM #9
Microsoft Start your Copy Machines!!!
Once again the people in Redmond, Washington must have their copy machines in over drive!!!!
09-01-2008, 10:32 AM #10
09-01-2008, 11:35 AM #11
i dont know, im almost thinking about getting a winmo phone now :-/ the iphone is starting to get boring :-/ and all the problems with this phone is just redic, apple did ruin this phone will the app store.iTouch 2.0 (free update/pwn'd)
iPhone 3G white (pwn'd)
MacBook Pro 15inch (using tethered)
2 broken wrists so give me a break. no more 2007 Yamaha r6
09-01-2008, 11:59 AM #12
I've used WinMo phones before and I don't understand the hardcore ripping everyone is doing? They're a lot less flashy, sure, but they're also a helluva lot more like a pocketable computer than our phones. I love my iPhone but I've always been a MS fan for OS's and other products - hope this works out well for them.
09-01-2008, 12:15 PM #13
-sent from my iPhone
iGet enough exercise just pushin' my luck!
09-01-2008, 12:38 PM #14
skymarket may also be a mobile virus playground i'm sure. i'll pass..
09-01-2008, 12:41 PM #15
09-01-2008, 12:46 PM #16
One of the features I can see with WinMo 7 and skymarket is sync times less than one hour! I like it already.
edit: unless Microsoft copy it
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09-01-2008, 03:10 PM #20
come on now
The iPhones platform is flawless, enough said....thats great for windows and stuff but how advance ur apps can get if your not workin with a decent platform.... come on now..... so let me guess, with all these apps coming out for windows you expect me to toggle apps with poor hardware?????LOL nooooooo im good...name a pce of hardware that tops the iphone??? thank you....my point.......im just sayin micro needs to step up there hardware befor they do anything with there apps....