Microsoft: No WinMo Marketplace app sharing after all

Microsoft is disputing published reports its forthcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile application storefront will enable customers to share premium apps with other WinMo users. Last week, Computerworld reported Windows Marketplace for Mobile will enable customers to run purchased apps across as many as five WinMo phones at the same time, benefiting individuals who own multiple smartphones as well as allowing users to share apps by "authorizing" handsets belonging to family and friends." But Microsoft now contends Computerworld incorrectly reported its policies, and issued the following statement to FierceDeveloper:

"Microsoft knows the frustration of losing favorite apps and personal information when you lose, upgrade or add a phone. For this reason, if you buy an application on Windows Marketplace for Mobile, you'll be able to reinstall the application on a limited number of additional phones simply and free of charge. As outlined in the terms of use for Windows Marketplace for Mobile, this ability is limited to phones owned by the person who purchased the application. Application sharing is not permitted. We believe people will find a high value in mobile applications they purchase through the Windows Marketplace, and we will also be offering a refund policy that will make it easier to shop for applications with confidence."

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