Three years ago, at the Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 6.5 which brought the Windows Marketplace to Windows Mobile for the first time. However, after Windows Mobile's Windows Phone 6.5 was - more or less - discontinued, Microsoft now decided that it's also time to discontinue its never really successful Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Therefore, it sent out yesterday a notification to its previous customers, informing them that it is discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile service for Windows Mobile 6.x beginning May 9, 2012, from when the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available.
Starting on this date, users will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications directly on their Windows Mobile 6.x phone using the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace application and service.
However, applications and games acquired from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service and installed on Windows Mobile 6.x phones will continue to work after the service is discontinued on May 9, 2012. Nevertheless, additional downloads of these applications and games from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available.
Therefore Microsoft recommends to review the applications or games installed on Windows Mobile 6.x phones and install any available updates in advance of the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service shut-down on May 9, 2012. But all phone data, including applications acquired through the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service, data and user-specific settings, will be lost in the event that a phone is wiped or "hard reset". Any data on a removable storage card, if present, will also be deleted if a 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.
Cheers ~ Arne