It's the end of an era. Well, almost. Microsoft has officially closed the Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x devices as it takes its final steps fully on board the Windows Phone bandwagon.
The news shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Microsoft has been threatening the Marketplace's closure for some time, and has actually pushed back the date a few times too.
It's almost exactly a year ago that we reported on Microsoft's decision to pull support for Windows Mobile handsets, a decision that included, but wasn't limited to, stopping to provide any fixes with Marketplace-related issues.
Combine that with the fact that Windows Mobile's heyday came before the app-centric modern smartphone culture was as all-consuming as it is today, and we can't see too many people crying over the loss.
If anything, all it does is remind us just how much things have changed in the mobile industry since those WinMo-loving days. Just five years ago, remember, the iPhone launched without an app store at all, tablets didn't exist at all as pure consumer devices, Android was nowhere, HTC and Samsung were bit-part players... the list goes on.
Indeed, the mobile space was largely dominated by Nokia and Microsoft. I wonder what people would have thought back then if you'd predicted those two companies would join forces within the next five years to give them a chance of turning their fortunes around and avoid the very real risk of being sidelined from the smartphone business altogether?
Via The Verge