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Microsoft hiring for Win Mobile's app store

updated 07:40 am EDT, Mon September 1, 2008

MS Skymarket Hiring

Microsoft is developing its own centralized app store to compete with similar offerings from Apple and Google, the company itself has revealed through a Seattle job listing. The firm is currently searching for a Product Manager for a service known as Skymarket that would become a key aspect of Windows Mobile 7 and launch at the same time. A recruit would effectively head the entirety of the project and set the business model as well as the pricing and other terms.

The company doesn't explain when it expects to launch Skymarket, though it notes the service is already in development and that developers will have initial access to the store framework during the fall. Windows Mobile 7 itself is commonly predicted for an announcement in early 2009 and a launch on shipping devices closer to the middle of the same year.

Microsoft doesn't explain its motivations behind offering the store, though Google when discussing what would become Android Market explained that its goal was to help distribution by placing apps in a central, universally accessible location. Windows Mobile in present form currently offers fragmented app shopping that either requires visiting company websites or relying on third-party stores that aren't necessarily available on every device, such as Handango.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +1

    monkey see...

    monkey do!

    It just continues to blow me away how blatant Microsoft is in completely copying someone else's original ideas.

    Probably more amazing is how everyone seems to think this makes Microsoft and it's leaders "innovators in technology"! What a bunch of BS!!

    /

  1. loudpedal

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    Hiring

    Why doesn't MS try hiring someone who will come up with an original idea.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2008

    +1

    They don't have to...

    "Microsoft doesn't explain its motivations behind offering the store..."

    They don't have to explain. They know it is clear to anyone within eyeshot of this article that it's about MS's lack on innovation and originality and that after mocking other companies products and game plan, they have to emulate in order to have a viable product and service of their own out in the market!

  1. testudo

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    gee

    It just continues to blow me away how blatant Microsoft is in completely copying someone else's original ideas.

    Original??? Apple did NOT originate the grand concept of having a storefront that offers software for your PDA/smartphone, just like they didn't originate the idea of selling music online, MP3 players, computers, a GUI-based Operating Systems, etc. They might do them better, but they aren't original Apple ideas.

    When apple announced the App store, and complaints sounded, others claimed that this is the way other OSes worked (beats the h*** out of me which one they proclaimed, maybe Palm, maybe Treo, wasn't paying attention).


  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -6

    here...

    Five seconds on the internet found me a nice posting, at http://wapreview.com/blog/?p=829

    which part of is here:

    I have to laugh when I hear claims that Apple created the first viable mobile application distribution model with the iPhone App Store. For six years starting in 1998, I downloaded and installed Palm executables by the hundreds From "App Stores" like MyTreo, EuroCool and Palm Open Source (PDA version), all of which are still around. So what is it that the Apple store does that those didn't?

    So, feel free to say MS and Google are copying apple, but stop acting like Apple invented some kind of radical new sales dynamic with the AppStore. The only thing 'radical' with it is that you HAVE to get your software from there, as opposed to the free market.

  1. dimmer

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    Joined: Feb 2006

    +1

    Point being

    So how did your man above know which App Store to go to to find a particular application? Apple's goal with the App Store was to have a single place for all apps, simplifying the process of finding what you are looking for.

    testudo old bean you have such a negative, downer presence -- try to get laid or have a beer or something.

  1. nat

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    dimmer

    ol boy, you nailed it. this guy hangs around ready to pounce. what a life.

    and what the h*** does this have to do with the FACT that microsoft does nothing but copy, whether from apple or anyone else...

  1. testudo

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    Re: Point being

    So how did your man above know which App Store to go to to find a particular application?

    Wow, the logic here is completely amazing for its lack of, I don't know, logic.

    It is called 'shopping', it is called 'research'. When you're looking to buy a car, how in the world do you know where to go to find it? OMG, there's so many places, I can't believe you can find what you're looking for! Yet, people do. In fact, they do all the time. And if you can't find what you're looking for at one place, you look elsewhere. You
    search the internet. It ain't hard.

    But apparently the Apple sheep believe that the only way capitalism and markets can work if there's just one source for your content.

    Here's a question. Let's say you have an iPhone, and you think you'd like an app to do grocery lists. How would you find it? What? You'd search the AppStore? Check out reviews? Decide on the one that looks best for you?

    Gee, all the stuff people have been doing for years with Google.

    Apple's goal with the App Store was to have a single place for all apps, simplifying the process of finding what you are looking for.

    No, what Apple's goal is with the AppStore was to have a way to control what Apps go on the iPhone, and a way that they can make sure they can get a cut of the profits. That's all it is. Everything else is just excuses (like Apple's original "We can't have people put regular apps on the phone, because it could take down the entire ATT phone network!" even though there's no proof that has ever happened with any phone on the market).

    Oh, and lest we forget, Apple also insists on paid developers to post on the appstore, so no free riders, either. You just can't download the SDK, make an app, and post it on the AppStore.

    You can try to argue anything else, but the examples cited earlier, and, say Google's marketplace, are what you say Apple's goals are. One stop shopping. But you're not limited to buying through them. You can go anywhere to find what you want.

  1. testudo

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    Re: dimmer


    and what the h*** does this have to do with the FACT that microsoft does nothing but copy, whether from apple or anyone else...


    Maybe it has more to do with the Apple-elite who always proclaim everything Apple does is 'innovation', and everything MS does is 'copy', when, in fact, they both copy like there's no tomorrow. That's the tech industry, people.

  1. dimmer

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    Tesing 1 2 3

    "Wow, the logic here is completely amazing for its lack of, I don't know, logic."

    Err, you'd have to explain that one to me: suppose you had a car dealership which offered all makes, all models and let you choose which one you wanted -- wouldn't that be better than hitting Ford then Volvo then Lexus...

    Or suppose as you drove down the car retail lot all of the marques were white, and you had no idea where to go for even the damn brand that you wanted.

    Testy, that you can't find the logic in one-stop shopping shows that, really, you don't know much about logic. Sorry dude but like I suppose everyone else here your rabid idiotic little diatribes add nothing to the conversation and just make you look stupid. Please put us out of your misery.

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