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Marketplace reborn

The Marketplace is still in its early stages but it’s already much better than what Windows Mobile 6 got. It has three sections – applications, games and music.

The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

The Application section starts with a featured app, then it’s on to the categories (including all and free), followed by the top apps, a list of recent ones and a longer list of featured apps.

The applications section of the Marketplace

The Games section is divided into Xbox Live, Top, New, Free and finally, Categories which has the games sorted into genres.

The Music section is actually the Zune Marketplace. Its structure is similar to the Application section. First, a featured artist of the week, three more featured artists, then a list of recent releases, top albums and genres.

The Zune Marketplace

Genres themselves are separated into sections too – recent releases and top artists/albums/songs/playlists. For each song, you acquire a 30 second preview.

You acquire a 30 second preview for each song

Search is available for the Marketplace but correct now it pulls together search results from all sections – so, songs acquire mixed in with the apps and games. This is a small annoying since you don’t need song results while searching for an app and vice versa. But still, it’s not a major problem.

The biggest problem with the recent Marketplace is the shortage of apps. This is the most common problem when a recent Operating System (OS) launches an app store. The number of apps and games will grow but the question is how fast. Of course, this is nothing a small developers challenge with a nice cash prize can’t sort out. As soon as Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, over 50 recent apps flooded the Marketplace, but it’s still in early stages.

Searching for apps finds songs too • Installing an app from the Marketplace

Anyway, each app will be listed with a short description, a rating and user reviews, and a few screenshots. If the app can utilize something that can potentially breach your privacy (e.g. location information) the Marketplace will let you know. It’s not as comprehensive as the Android Market (which lists just about everything the app can use) but on the upside it only warns you about the vital things.

The Marketplace is simple to utilize as you can see from this video:

The cloud has a silver lining

Microsoft has added extensive support for “in the cloud” features in Windows Phone 7. The site is where you can access those features from your browser – everything from remote wipe to browsing photos.

Open the site in your browser and sign in with the Live ID that you utilize on your WP7 phone.

Once that’s done you have access to the Find My Phone features. You can create the phone ring or see its last location on a map.

If it turns out that your phone is lost, you can lock it and leave a “please return” note on the screen.

If you scare it’s been stolen, you can remote wipe it too (which erases all data from the phone).

Find My Phone features • locking the phone • Map it

The Windows Phone Live also lets you browse and edit contacts, calendar events and OneNotes too (those are edited with Office Live).

You can also browse photos you’ve uploaded to SkyDrive. We already mentioned that the capturing camera of every WP7 phone can be set to automatically upload all pics you snap there.

Editing Dexter Morgan’s contact info • Checking the calendar • Editing a OneNote

Speaking of SkyDrive, using Windows Live Mesh you can sync your computer with your SkyDrive account too.

You can sync both your phone and your computer with SkyDrive



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