Microsoft is preparing to launch in the next few months (With Windows 7) a website called Skymarket to sell Windows Mobile OS applications, a job advertisement suggests.
The clue to the launch is a job advertisement spotted by blogger Long Zheng. Microsoft is looking for a senior product manager who would oversee the marketing and development for the service, intended to complement the eventual release of the next mobile OS, Windows Mobile 7.
Third-party developers have built more than 15,000 applications for Windows Mobile, but the applications are sold through a multitude of vendors on different Web sites.
The advertisement would suggest that Microsoft is aiming for something closer to Apple’s one-stop shop approach with its iTunes Store, which also sells applications for the iPhone. Those applications, which now number more than 1,000, are vetted by Apple and are not sold elsewhere.
One of the goals listed in Microsoft’s ad for the position is making “the Windows Mobile marketplace ‘the place to be’ for developers wishing to distribute and monetize their Windows Mobile applications.”