Yeah, sorry there was no “app of the week” post today – you would think that if someone just got a new iPad they’d have lots to talk about. But really? Not just yet. But we’ll see. Now that I have all of the major platforms in some form or another (Android 2.3 phone, Windows Phone 7 Mango phone, iPad (3rd gen / 2012 edition), I’ll have apps galore to talk about! So stay tuned!
If you’re a web-geek like me, you spend an abnormal amount of time trying to figure out who owns certain domain names, if they’re going to expire any time soon, or (only if you’re very lucky) if they’re not taken at all! I stumbled on to WhoIsServer on my Windows Phone by complete chance (I don’t even rmember what I was searching the marketplace for!) and when I did, I couldn’t believe it was free. Then I downloaded it and didn’t expect it to work (and I thought I knew why it was free)… but it functions flawlessly.
It queries a whois database (likely WhoIs.net, but I’m not positive on this) and sends back the results. Now it’s true that sometimes you get a result with a URL you have to visit (networksolutions is notorious for doing this in their public WhoIs records) but that’s not the developer’s fault. It would be nice if you could click those links when they come up and load the page in Internet Explorer. But feature requets aside, this app is a freebie, and it does exactly what I need it to do!
Would I pay for this app? I’ll be honest, probably not. But if they put ads at the bottom I certainly wouldn’t complain, it’s quite useful. I’m telling you, if you’re a geek, go download WhoIsServer from Windows Phone Marketplace, you’ll be glad you did.
It’s a bit of a sad App Wednesday for me. A few months ago I got this notification from Microsoft. A week from today, on May 9th, 2012, the Windows Mobile Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x devices is going away. Now keep in mind that this does NOT have anything to do with the Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 devices or the upcoming Windows 8 Marketplace. As an old Windows Mobile 6.1/6.5 user & Developer, it’s sad to see this day come. So get your updates now, because in 7 days, finding apps for your Windows Mobile devices is going to be just like it was in the old days! Read below to see the full press release from Microsoft. Continue reading “Windows Mobile Marketplace Closes May 9th”
Skype is one of the apps for Windows Phone 7 has been one of the “missing” apps that has made people say “this is why we can’t take Windows Phone 7 seriously.” You can search for it on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, but you probably won’t find anything. It seems like it is nowhere to be found – but it has been hiding out there since it was in beta.
Skype’s Windows Phone 7 is most easily available via a direct link to a page on the Windows Phone Marketplace. I haven’t used it very much, but it’s exciting to finally be able to get it downloaded and running. Now if I just had a WP7 with a front facing camera!