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Microsoft previews Windows Mobile App store, alters developer fees

Windows Mobile MarketplaceMicrosoft is unveiling more information about the Windows Mobile Marketplace, including a policy change. While the company had initially decided that developers would have to pay a $99 fee not only to list applications in Microsoft's answer to the iPhone App Store, but every time they wanted to issue an update. Now Microsoft has changed that policy. Developers can issue application updates for free.

The company has also put together a promotional video that gives a preview of what the Windows Marketplace for mobile phones will look like. Users will be able to browse or search for applications, read reviews and see ratings, purchase and download programs on their handsets. You can also use a desktop web browser to shop. Any items you purchase will be automatically sent to your linked Windows Mobile phone. And you can get a refund on applications you "return."

The image to the right shows a screengrab from the video, but you can watch the entire promo at I Started Something.

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