Feeds

Windows Marketplace goes webby

For that Mac-using-WP7-owning demographic

Security for virtualized datacentres

Windows Phone users, happily getting their Mango update, can now buy apps using a website as well as the Windows-only Zune client.

The web-based version offers access to the same range of applications, and pushes them directly out to a registered handset, or sends an email with a suitable link if push isn't operable for some reason. But, more importantly, it will work for those Windows Phone users who haven't bought into the Microsoft brand for all their OS needs.

Most Windows Phone users are probably running a Microsoft OS on their desktops too, and so happily use the Zune client software, but Microsoft's aspirations for its mobile platform go beyond being a desktop companion, so having a web-based store is an obvious development – even if it is one that Apple (with its iTunes software) has eschewed.

The new marketplace is already available around the world, and clearly aimed at Mango: the latest version of Windows Phone which is being pushed out to users in a phased release over the next few weeks.

Being able to order mobile applications through a website isn't a huge deal for Windows Phone, but it is one of those niceties that the platform will need to be taken seriously. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.