Microsoft is still directly funding app developers
0. phoneArena 06 Apr 2012, 03:46 posted on
Microsoft might already have over 80,000 applications in the Windows Phone Marketplace, but when the number grows past a couple of tens of thousands…
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1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
This is a big opportunity for new and small developers who can get fundings they needed. However this is a temporary measures, i believe for atleast 2yrs till WP start selling off.
2. joeymk (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
Do you remember XBOX, and then XBOX 360. Same story, Windows Phone 8 will take the 2-th place.
6. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the 360 is the #1 gaming platform in the world right now...
11. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
1st no the Wii is with close to double the units sold.
2nd. Oh we have sold a whole 3million more units thatn teh PS3 thats SO MUCH MORE! no its not, 3M is prettymuchn no diffence when its 65M vs 62M.
PC Gaming is better anyway.
13. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
no one counts the Wii as a gaming platform anymore. It may have the most "units sold", but there is more software/attachments sold for the 360 than the PS3 and wii combined.
360 > PS3. I have them both. My PS3 plays God of War, Uncharted, and LBP... but mostly it just plays my blurays. For 99% of games, the 360 works better.
14. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Gaming is a bit different than smartphones. Gaming, you have a platform for a few years without having to switch to a new one. Two years in the smartphone industry is an eternity. If Microsoft doesn't start convincing people they are better than Google and Apple then I'm not sure what they're going to do...
19. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
I stopped taking consles seriously when i saw the kinect.
For a 99% of games my PC is cheaper, or offers somehing more like mods. My Xbox is only used for COD now.
15. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
No thanks. I dont want to keep upgrading my PC just to play the small list of games PC has to offer.
Id rather pay once and just pop discs.
3. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Slow and steady wins the race, check out Xbox's success story from the incrumbent Nitendo, Sony.
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The only thing weeping WP7/7.5/whatever relevant in the smartphone market is apps. Don't believe me, check out RIM for what happens to a company with outdated hardware and no apps. At least MS gets the part about quality apps being available for their OS.
5. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
what was that...a positive nokia/ms/wp/vzw note at the end of a vh article...ijs...
7. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
good. keep pushing app development. Sometimes they come to you, sometimes you have to entice them. As an end user, you should be happy MS is doing this.
As an app developer, getting in WP7 now would be a smart thing. There may not be a big % of marketshare, but there also isnt 500k apps like in android and iOS, which makes it easier to stand out among the sea of logos. Becoming popular early on is an easy way to stay popular as the OS grows.
That said, MS needs to talk to OMGPOP/Zynga and get draw something and their other games on the OS. I actually had a customer yesterday walk in and ask if she could trade in her lumia for "any" android phone so she could play Draw Something... even though she has never had a phone that could play it... addicts. lol
8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Agree with remixfa and joeymk. Same for X360 which still gets DLC exclusives map packs.
10. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I think the growth of WP is equal parts Apollo launch and App developers seeing this ecosystem as a great money source. Microsoft is trying to get the apps in place. I sure would like to see more variety in selections.
16. jack1059 (Posts: 72; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)
Really this is why I hate MS. They simply use their cash / influence to push their way up the que. "Hey developers, heres some cash. Just make it look like you love us. Whoo hoo, we're great. Look at how many apps we have now."