Windows Phone 7 Marketplace DRM cracked

By on December 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace DRM cracked

The digital rights management (DRM) security used by Microsoft to protect apps in its Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has been cracked, enthusiast blog WPCentral reports. Though the technology needed to do so is not yet in the hands of the general public, the DRM protecting paid applications can now easily be stripped off of apps. If details of the vulnerability used to achieve the DRM crack are made available to the public, unscrupulous programers could use the exploit to develop software that allows users to steal applications and deploy them to Windows Phone 7 devices. Microsoft has not publicly responded to the security hole, though WPCentral claims the company has been made aware of the issue. Hit the break to see Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace security being manhandled in a proof-of-concept video demonstration. More →

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace set to reach 5,000-app milestone

By on December 28, 2010 at 8:57 PM.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace set to reach 5,000-app milestone

Microsoft is set to reach another mobile milestone Tuesday as its Windows Phone 7 Marketplace passes the 5,000-app mark. The Marketplace reached 4,000 apps just 12 days ago, and it took 20 days to jump from 3,000 to 4,000. At its current pace, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace could overtake Palm’s webOS App Catalog as soon as next month. Microsoft announced last week that Windows Phone 7 devices sales have topped 1.5 million units globally, and developers clearly see the potential in the company’s emerging platform. Currently, more than 18,000 developers have registered to build apps for Microsoft’s new mobile operating system. More →

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now home to 2,000 apps

By on November 8, 2010 at 8:08 PM.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now home to 2,000 apps

Following concerns that Windows Phone 7 wouldn’t have enough titles support to satisfy the new wave of app-hungry smartphone users, Microsoft confirmed Monday that developer support has exceeded expectations. In a post on The Windows Phone Developer Blog, Microsoft’s Todd Brix announced that the Windows Marketplace for Mobile is now home to approximately 2,000 apps and games compatible with Windows Phone 7 devices. The figure is nearly double the company’s target, which was set last month. Microsoft also announced that the Marketplace is fully open to app submissions, and that it currently has 13,000 registered Windows Phone 7 developers. Windows Phone 7, which launched Monday in the U.S., is Microsoft’s attempt to reclaim consumer interest in its smartphones. Continued developer support is one of several keys to the success of the platform, and Microsoft certainly has an uphill battle ahead of it considering the massive app war chests held by Apple and Google. More →

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace regulations, features detailed

By on June 8, 2010 at 12:14 PM.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace regulations, features detailed

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Ars Technica has an interesting write-up on the rules and regulations developers will have to follow in order to publish to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. For the most part, Microsoft’s terms seem pretty standard — especially when compared to other mobile application ecosystems such as Android’s Market or Apple’s App Store — however, there are a few exceptions. For starters, a developer account will be priced at $99, which is slightly more than Android’s $0 price point but right on par with Apple’s iPhone Developer account. The $99 includes an unlimited number of paid application submissions and 5 free-applications submissions per year; additional free-app submissions will cost $19.99. This should, as Ars put it, “discourage mass submissions of junk applications.” Moving on, WP7 Store will allow applications to have time-limited, fully-featured trials — thank you Microsoft! Ars goes on to point out that: “Many of the free programs on Apple’s store are just cut-down versions of other, paid applications; with Marketplace’s built-in support of trials [...] these free programs might not be necessary.” Right on. Finally, the store’s terms of service indicate that apps that, “generally fall under the category of pornography” (as well as several other categories), will not be allowed. So there you have it. Any Windows Mobile developers out there excited about the WP7 setup? More →

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