Microsoft is sending out email notices to current and former Windows Mobile 6.x users to prepare them for the upcoming shutdown of the 6.x Marketplace. As of May 9, browsing, purchasing and downloading functionality will be discontinued. While currently installed apps and games will continue to function, users are warned to check for updates sooner, rather than later, as they will no longer be provided for the soon-to-be legacy software.
It's the end of an era and an opportune time to upgrade. There is a wide range of Windows Phone devices out there at every price range (unless you're on Verizon or Sprint). However, with Apollo due out later in the year, does it make sense to cut off Windows Mobile users and inspire them to upgrade, only to prompt buyer's remorse when Windows Phone 8 hits? Could this timing signify the arrival of Apollo, or at least offer hope that WP7 can be upgraded to WP8?