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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39 Comments

1. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

yes, many garbage app in winstore

11. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

34. NOLATechy

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

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

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

3. Shenoy

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

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

4. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

really???

5. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

go to sleep

6. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

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

12. GeekMovement unregistered

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

16. papss unregistered

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

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah well that's true +1

8. potatosalad

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

35. NOLATechy

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 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!

9. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 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. .

14. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

36. NOLATechy

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 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.

20. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

27. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

13. abhishek0061

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 10, 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

15. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 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.

17. papss unregistered

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

25. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

30. papss unregistered

Oh my you lucky guy! Red is amazing

19. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

21. abhishek0061

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

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

23. papss unregistered

Joe should be on the short list for m$ imo

24. JkB_SlH

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 13, 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

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