Internet Explorer 9 launching today. IE9 Mobile to probably be shown again

I would like to remind you that the final version of Internet Explorer 9 is officially launching later today and that Microsoft is going to have a dedicated launch event in Austin Texas during SXSW which you can watch live here. Lot’s of members of the Windows Phone 7 team are also present there and if you are lucky enough you’ll even be able to see the IE9 Mobile (part of Mango) run on an actual device. Joe Marini , Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for the Web platform on Windows Phone, is running around with a Mango powered Windows Phone 7 handset:

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How is Nokia’s Ovi Store going to be integrated into the Microsoft Marketplace?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself ever since the Microsoft & Nokia partnership was announced. The press release stated that “Nokia‚Äôs content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.” I quickly assumed that this would simply mean that Nokia will have its own section the Windows Phone Marketplace similar to other OEMs and that the Ovi Store which contains Symbian applications will be slowly fazed out in the coming years once Nokia finally ships only Windows Phone based smartphones.
Sounds logical, right? Why would the current Ovi Store be integrated into the Microsoft Marketplace given that it’s only filled with content and applications that are not compatible with Microsoft’s products? Well, I tried to dig around and came across ad Microsoft Job ad that mentions the following:

The Commerce Services development team in Windows Phone Services will develop the service software to power the shared application marketplace for Nokia and Microsoft alliance. You will explore, prototype and design the integration between two marketplaces. Your job will entail creating a consistent set of APIs, workflow systems, and data systems. You will partner with end-user experience teams to deliver seamless developer and end-user experience. You will get exposure to worldwide developer demands hungry to create 1000s of applications for the application marketplaces. Take this job and make history with your awesome contributions.

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