Inching Closer?

Back in January, I wrote about the fact that even though the Zune Marketplace was operational here in the Netherlands, it wasn’t offering any Apps for Windows Phone 7. The only thing that the Marketplace was offering here was videos to rent. Globally, Microsoft’s Marketplace is heavily fragmented or non-existent in most countries, in glaring contrast to the Android Market.

However, it does look as though the log-jam is being tackled. I’m reading reports that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is now operational in India, and over the weekend, I noticed that the Zune client on my PC had an “Apps” entry in the Marketplace menu, which it didn’t before. However, there are as yet zero applications available…

Zune 4

While Microsoft management keep trumpeting about the thousands of applications available for WP7, it is somewhat irritating when they aren’t actually available to Windows Phones if you happen to live outside one of the few countries blessed with an operational marketplace…

Addendum: sigh, it looks as though I spoke too soon. The “Apps” menu item has vanished again. Clearly, someone flipped a switch that they didn’t oughta and now it’s been turned off again. No Windows Phone Apps for the Netherlands, then…

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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