Microsoft: no more Marketplace if you don't have Mango

Microsoft: no more Marketplace if you don't have MangoThere has been a fair bit of confusion lately about whether existing Windows Phone handsets will be able to upgrade to Apollo when it arrives later this year.

In the meantime, though, here's some news that could affect WinPho users a lot sooner: anyone who hasn't yet upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is just weeks away from being shut off from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

In a post on the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft revealed that the move is part of “a larger effort aimed at improving Marketplace performance and security, and paving the way for even faster growth and more new features”.

Sounds good to us, and in reality it's hard to see why anyone wouldn't yet have upgraded to Mango already, given that the upgrade has been available for all existing Windows Phone handsets for a while now.

Still, if you haven't yet made the move, we'd suggest you stop procrastinating and get on with it.

Microsoft also announced it is shutting off access to Windows Phone apps via the Zune desktop software, so you'll only be able to download apps via the web or using your phone itself – which Microsoft says is how most users were doing it already.

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