Microsoft Marketplace for Mobile Shoots Self in Foot: No VoIP, Alt-Browser or Apps Bigger Than 10MB

I’ve been using Windows CE/Windows Mobile devices since early 1997. So, I’ve seen a lot of good and bad mobile related ideas coming out of Microsoft. I’m classifying the restrictions for apps in their upcoming Marketplace for Mobile in the shoot-self-in-foot category. Here’s what PC World reports…

Microsoft to Forbid VoIP, Rival Stores at Mobile Market

– No Voice over IP (VoIP) apps that run over 2G/3G: In other words, no Skype, Fring, Truphone on carrier networks. No word on WiFi usage
– No apps that change the default browser: Not sure what this means for Skyfire, Opera Mobile and Opera Mini
– No changing the default dialer either
– No apps that are larger than 10MB. Microsoft is clearly aiming for quick OTA (Over The Air) installs. But, you know what? There are a lot app categories that are not going to squeeze down to 10MB. Large games come to mine. Many media related apps that include audio or video components also are in that category. And, of course, reference material type apps can also take up a lot of space.

Looks like Apple’s app store lead has zero danger of being threatened by Marketplace for Mobile.