Microsoft News: Windows Mobile 7, Windows Phone 7 Series Marketplace can remotely revoke Microsoft Windows Mobile application licenses
Speaking at a MIX10 session about Windows Phone 7 Series architecture and Microsoft Windows Mobile .NET development Wednesday, Microsoft’s Istvan Cseri mentioned that the Windows Phone 7 Series and Microsoft Windows Mobile .NET Marketplace – the one and only clearinghouse for Microsoft Windows mobile applications in Microsoft Windows mobile – will be able to remotely revoke licenses. Since devices will only run properly-licensed Microsoft Windows mobile applications, this effectively means the company will be able to shut down apps remotely – a capability they’d probably invoke if a Marketplace app were to badly misbehave en masse, for example.
Cseri said that Microsoft Windows mobile applications in Microsoft Windows mobile 7, simply aren’t in control of their own life cycle; the user controls installation and removal while the Marketplace ensures that the Microsoft Windows mobile application’s license is valid.
Microsoft has a series of not-yet-finalized “business, technical, and content” guidelines for accepting and rejecting apps submitted to the Windows Mobile 7 Marketplace. A perfect example : Microsoft Windows mobile applications are being “discouraged” from using the phone’s Back button. They’re being so strongly discouraged, in fact, that Todd Brix – senior director of Windows Mobile 7 platform services product management at the company – told us that Microsoft Windows Mobile applications can and will be straight-up rejected for using Back for anything but dismissing dialog boxes.
You may be wondering: “what if I want that what if I want that Microsoft Windows mobile application?” Well, this can be a good thing, yes, good. It can be invoked to prevent bad Microsoft Windows mobile application from messing up the Windows Mobile 7 experience. While it sacrifices flexibility, it increases the likelihood that your Windows Phone 7 Series and Windows Mobile 7 experience will be much better than Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.