Microsoft has launched a competition to get mobile applications onto Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the software firm's rival to Apple's AppStore, RIM's App World and Nokia's Ovi Store.
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The company, which has been promoting the Windows Mobile software developer community since its first foray into mobile devices with Windows CE in the mid-1990s, announced Windows Marketplace for Mobile in February. Among the applications available for Windows Mobile devices are products for CRM, data synchronisation and a tool for managing servers remotely.
Microsoft is looking to add applications to the Windows Mobile Marketplace through a competition called Race to Market Challenge. Anyone who submits an application to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile has a chance to win a £10,000 Microsoft Surface 30-inch tabletop multi-touch display.