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Windows Phone's 'app gap' with the other platforms will be closed in 2014, says Joe Belfiore

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Windows Phone's 'app gap' with the other platforms will be closed in 2014, says Joe Belfiore

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore tweeted that next year will see the end of complaining about major apps missing from the windows Phone platform, and the app quantity in general.

The so-called "app-gap" is typical for a nascent platform, but with time (and money) everything can be made better. With Instagram and Vine already added to the Windows Store, the toughest nut to crack will be Google's apps like YouTube, which Mountain View in unlikely to grant to Windows Phones soon, as it sees in Microsoft a more formidable competition than Apple, for instance.

Still, Joe Belfiore's tweet might be a hint that Microsoft is finally planning a major push for the Windows Phone platform, now that it will own Nokia's smartphone division, and all the WP profits will stay home. That was rumored to be the main reason that Microsoft reluctantly put efforts and major updates in Windows Phone, knowing that the Lumias' success will mostly pad Nokia's bottom line.

source: JoeBelfiore (Twitter)

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posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:40 5

1. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


yes, many garbage app in winstore

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:28 5

11. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


MS is going to merge the WP store & Windows store together & this way they are going to close the gap.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 06:13

18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


yea, well lets see how that plays out cuz Apple is also busy optimizing an app store specifically for the ipad

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:41

34. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Yes, and 10 times as many garbage apps in App Store!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:41 21

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3248; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Wp here today bcoz of Nokia. Don't forget that ms.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:47 5

3. Shenoy (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


i completely agree to to that...Its only coz of nokia, ms is in the picture

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:48

4. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


really???

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:55 2

5. mousesports (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


go to sleep

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:58 3

6. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


i will sleep if i want, not yet time to sleep :D

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:57 4

12. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


True if not Nokia, I'd probably just stick with Android.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 05:48 6

16. papss (unregistered)


Same reason I went to wp8 from android. Now I prefer wp8 to android.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:02 2

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2243; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


WP sure is growing fast, but I don't believe that windows store will catch up with google play or app store that fast.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:20 8

10. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 494; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I think he is talking about mainstream apps. not garbage apps. and Loooots of those on google play.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:26 1

22. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2243; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah well that's true +1

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:03 2

8. potatosalad (Posts: 34; Member since: 07 May 2012)


ehh? seriously. like, native FB app, no web browsers except IE and UCBrowser

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:46

35. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


There IS a native FB app in Windows Phone! In fact, Facebook worked with MS to create the fully integrated and functional Facebook app for WP 8.1. I'm using WP8.1 Dev Preview now and it works GREAT!! As far as web browsers, IE 11 on WP8.1works perfectly so why would I even WANT another browser taking up space on my phone? duh!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:10 7

9. BReND0 (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I honestly feel that google And Apple both bribe or pay off developers NOT to create the apps for windows phone. I mean this long for instagram? And everyone knows the resentment of google towards windows phone. Deny basic google apps for wp8 users is retarded. Being that 60 to 70 percent of people using iOS use gmail, google maps , chrome , g+ all them apps. At such a slow adoption rate it justs looks they the big two have a hand in windows app store slow growth. Who cares how much microsoft makes in royalties off you. If people like the platform. Give it a chance and make the apps. .

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 05:17 1

14. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


I highly doubt Google & CR@pple are paying off developers not to create for WP. CR@pple, for instance, has no need to. Neither does Google. But let's say Google was doing it... I'd say BRAVO to them. All of the dirty tricks and shenanigans M$ pulls on Google just because they can't compete with them mano y mano, M$ would deserve it. But no... Google withholding its apps from M$ is enough for now. Wish they would do the same with CR@pple. That said, good for WP that the app gap is finally closing. WP is buttery smooth. I'd dare say its smoother than Android and iOS. But it is because of Nokia though, that WP has gotten even this far.

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:48 1

36. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Windows Phone OS is not buttery smooth because of Nokia! Microsoft develops the OS, not NOKIA. Windows Phone OS works just as buttery smooth on all the other manufacturers phones as well like Samsung ATIV for example.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 06:27 1

20. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


not really, developers are people and they want money. the build on wp has always been poor to build quality apps on so that much work plus less income for your app =/= developers.
iOS -> high income users -> quality apps + more $ for devs
android -> high + extremely low income users -> relatively quality apps + crappy apps (fragmentation issues )
wp -> more lower income users -> less to no quality apps

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 08:31 2

27. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


You need to just stop, the more you run down Android the less people have any respect for your comments. Now according to you Android has extremely low income users, wow. Just wow.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 05:01

13. abhishek0061 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


The app quality in wp is very very poor speciley comes in free games and apps most people download free apps and games and no access to storage bcoz no file manager and we cannot download any thing from its browser which should be changed quickly as possible

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 05:26 6

15. timezone (Posts: 73; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


The windows phone is excellent and people around the world are starting to realize it. The major apps are almost all in and the smaller companies are starting to jump in. As a few analysts have suggested, the time is ripe to jump in. If you don't jump in then an enormous opportunity will be lost.

Yes, Nokia did help get Microsoft to where they are today with the smartphone but without a great OS from Microsoft nothing Nokia could have done would have saved it. It was a shared win.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 05:54 3

17. papss (unregistered)


I'm ready to jump on the 1520 in red..

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:49

25. Gemmol (Posts: 489; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


thats what I preorder, the red one, we will be on the same team

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:32

30. papss (unregistered)


Oh my you lucky guy! Red is amazing

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 06:20 1

19. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2330; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes...but try to make it more early.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 06:52

21. abhishek0061 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Just tell me how can i access my memory an how can i download any thing from browser

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:40

23. papss (unregistered)


Joe should be on the short list for m$ imo

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:44

24. JkB_SlH (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Until then, I wont touch any "windows based devices" again
I had enough frustration even when I had a full windows 8 device.
The desktop mode on these are not convenient at all, so you left with the "RT" tablet mode without apps

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:59 1

26. drkavint (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


really most of application in windows are crap and are to be scrapped... my experience.. just go to windows store, search angry birds.. download first two TOP applications...u will get nothing but scrap applications not angry birds game... try the same on google play.. first appk is game... useless windows...

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:44

28. JkB_SlH (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


In addition, you have to pay much more money on windows store for same free and paid apps on google play.
I've checked several apps and found out that for most of free apps in google play you gonna pay in windows store and for the paid apps in google play you gonna pay at least 80% more for the same app in windows store

Oh well, I'll say it again, I'm happy of getting rid of my windows 8 device

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 10:56 2

29. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


windows app store makes me laugh (because i dont have to put up with it). Since when did people need 20 different dodgy copies of the facebook app?

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 21:23

31. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Apps, apps, apps
When GRINDR is going to be launched on wp????????????

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:53

37. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


I have been on a crusade with Grindr to get them to create the app for WP for over a year now. I've even sent a complaint to the FCC filing discrimination charges against Grindr for not creating the app. They say it's because the market share isn't high enough, yet they have an app for Blackberry and their market share is lower than WP. Send emails, tech support requests. Threaten law suits. Fill complaints with FCC. Do whatever is necessary and keep up the fight. Sooner or later Grindr will come around.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 06:52

32. timezone (Posts: 73; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


It is good there are choices in the world. No need to trash Windows to feel superior. If you can't feel good about your choice in phones then maybe you did make the wrong decision. Windows phone users are confident in the choice we made. We know it offers a great experience and when people see it they want to join the fun.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:44

33. abhishek0061 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


i realy want to buy it but just tell me how to download any thing from its default browser

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:59

38. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


In Windows Phone 8.1, it is done the same way you save anything on your PC! If you want to save a picture from a web page, hold your finger on the picture for a few seconds and a popup will show asking you to save the picture or share picture (same a right clicking on a picture on your PC). Files are downloaded from web pages the same way as on your PC. This is what has changed for Windows Phone 8.1 and IE 11. Also, you may want to know that Microsoft has been working on a new official File Manager for WP8.1 and it may even be released as soon as May or mid-June. If you want to learn more about Windows Phone OS, look at WPCentral.com. They have TONS of info that they get directly from MS usually before anyone else.

posted on 03 May 2014, 08:06

39. drkavint (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


boss everyone is not hapy with i.e. i love opera and mozilla.. never used i.e. except for microsoft pages.. i hate it... opera and mozilla has left development for windows phone.. no bs player, gom/ vlc player.. no codac support.. no gesture support.. just simle boxes useless phone.. android is way advanced in functions.. of course nokia leads in cam,, but i think z1 is equally good as 1020, especially with android google cam application.. my friend 1520 half the time hangs.. he has to remove sim switch off phone and restart..

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