Microsoft sweetens the money pot for Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers
0. phoneArena 19 Mar 2013, 22:27 posted on
App developers of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms have an opportunity to pocket some cash...
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1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Marketing to devs is smart, but the big time devs and publishers from IOS and android aren't gonna care about $1,000 or less. Letting them keep 100% of their revenue would've made worth their while.
2. Rydsmith (Posts: 486; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Quality > Quantity.
I'm sorry, but I just sold my L920 for an Optimus G (though I wanted the HTC One, no upgrade for over a year and $600+ out of pocket was not happening).
The phone is a GREAT phone and the OS is just fluid and amazing, but to be honest the lack of applications was just too severe of a gap to recover. USAA recently pulled their banking app, and many others are following suit due to the fact that it isn't making financial since to keep their applications up and running when compared to the income it brings in.
I know this is going to get downvoted but as a previous WP user (first 7 then 7.5 and most recently 8) all I kept hearing, and saying myself, is that the apps will come. Sadly, they never did for over a year and seem to not be coming. Hell, look at Hulu Plus. It has a Windows RT application, which is very easy to port to WP8 and they still see no demand to have it on WP8.
Though WP8 can boast about its 120K+ applications, it means nothing when it's just Farting App #123542.
I loved WP, but Microsoft just needs to throw more money than they are willing to to get developers on board. They need to get to the point that they completely fund the projects for them to get the ball rolling on WP8, or else it will be relegated to a sub 3% marketshare into oblivion.
3. ianbbaa (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
I fear that it is too late for microsoft, i believe that all those "quality" apps from Play, AppStore will be upgraded regurarly and bring more goodies and stability....i focus on WP, wanted to switch, but after 5th year with android, followed basic apps and now some of my favourites are so good, stable, functions rich...that it is easier for me to stick with Android. I personally do not need tons of apps, i use 20 of them (free+paid), but they make my life easier, and even i focus on WP/W8...was watching every single info about it, awaiting something promising and complete....flop.....so what should i do??? Wait for another windows blue update? At that time, Android "might" be step further that now...
4. jsdechavez (Posts: 720; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
MS is just starting flexing its muscles. Too early to downgrade young tech.
5. PleaseBeObjective (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)
"Developers certainly spend more time than what $100 would buy building their applications..."
Not if you are Indian. Strange that Microsoft is doing all of these things when they have billions of cash reserves.
Somewhere in the world, for far less than $1 million, some start-up company is going to create a revolutionary app. You would think that Microsoft might be the one to do this, since they certainly have the funds available.
What's the problem, Microsoft?