March 21, 2023

Windows Phone Marketplace Now Requires Windows Phone 7.5 or Higher

Windows Phone, 7.8 Applications, Windows Phone Marketplace Apps

Microsoft warned the tech world in April that it would be snipping legacy OS support in Windows Phone Marketplace within a few weeks, and it just made good on that heads-up.

As of now, you’ll need at least a Windows Phone 7.5 device to shop for, review and update apps. Microsoft argues that the cutoff is needed to improve speed and security in the Marketplace as well as lay a foundation for a better Windows Phone future.

Given that virtually every handset on the market can get Windows Phone 7.5 today and will be able to get Windows Phone 8 later, if it doesn’t already ship with Windows Phone 7.5 preloaded, you have every good reason to grab the update through Microsoft’s desktop apps and keep yourself in the Windows Phone Marketplace downloading biz.

Engadget, Windows Phone blog