Interest in Windows Phone growing among app makers

With three new Windows Phone devices now out and another one on the way, it seems that people who want to get quality apps for those phones have a better chance than ever. AllThingsD.com reports that according to new surveys from Appcelerator and IDC, about 38 percent of mobile app developers said they were very interested in creating apps for Windows Phone.

Those numbers are an eight percent increase from the last surveys. More importantly, that's a record number for Windows Phone which has to make Microsoft happy. It's not a shock to learn that more app developers still prefer Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems as those platforms have far more users at the present time. 

These new numbers are not good news for Research in Motion. The survey said that only 21 percent of mobile developers said they were interested in making apps for RIM's Blackberry smartphones, a decrease of seven percent. It's even worse for the company's Blackberry Playbook tablet as the survey said that just 13 percent of app makers were interesting in making programs for the tablet's QNX operating system.

While Microsoft clearly has a long way to go to get people to turn away from the iPhone and all those Android-based smartphones, the fact that app makers are thinking more and more about working on Windows Phone means that they see the operating system gaining traction in the smartphone market.

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"developers said they were very interested in creating apps for Windows Phone"

anyone with a WP7 and has an open mind is tired of hearing this. One year later and the big apps are trickeling in. CNN? MSNBC? (notice the MS part of that) and several others are nowhere to be found. I am on my iphone 4 while my windowsphone is getting fixed (again) and its pretty depressing to go thru the app store and all the apps just hit you in the face. #windowsphone likes to tweet theres an app for anything you need, sometimes 3rd party apps just dont do it.

downhillrider said,
"developers said they were very interested in creating apps for Windows Phone"

anyone with a WP7 and has an open mind is tired of hearing this. One year later and the big apps are trickeling in. CNN? MSNBC? (notice the MS part of that) and several others are nowhere to be found. I am on my iphone 4 while my windowsphone is getting fixed (again) and its pretty depressing to go thru the app store and all the apps just hit you in the face. #windowsphone likes to tweet theres an app for anything you need, sometimes 3rd party apps just dont do it.

Um, Microsoft doesn't own MSNBC anymore... They still have a piece of the Website, but it basically just usage deals with MSN.

(Microsoft dumped supporting MSNBC when they kept losing money. It was a good shot in the arm for MSNBC, as they stepped up and let some of their bigger names have more control over content and were able to pull out of the Microsoft subsidized era to making a profit. They recently started making changes to close down the 'open' environment that had created the profit era for them, and if they want to survive need to can some executives that shoved them back into the sensational model that didn't work before.

There are Apps for WP7 that are missing, but realize that 1) People have been shy of shoving out Apps and 2) Until the 7.1 Mango update, a lot of things were not possible like socket support and other features that some Apps need.

WP7 has had a huge jump in Apps since the Mango update, and there is a big list of upcoming essential Apps to fill in any voids still left.

If the iPhone or Android had the same market success as WP7 they would have been extremely happy. Android developers would still like to generate the revenue that WP7 Apps developers do, especially the advertising and try/buy return rates compared to Android.

(Android's biggest problem is the flood of copycat Apps, and even a brilliant App, unless it is technically complex to develop, has 4 or 5 copycat Apps for free in a few days, killing any revenue potential for the original idea developer.)

With my 'personal' line, I have purchased about 20 Apps for WP7 in just 3 months of full time use, compared to 10 Apps for iPhone with nearly a year of full time use, compared to 1 App on Android for over a year of full time use.

KyleGM said,
They're holding a development tutorial at my Uni next month! Can't wait to attend

I bet you'll find the same stuff on msdn today...... if you really can't wait.

Enron said,
A Windows Phone article? Core trolls in 3...2...1...

Personally, I'm waiting for the Callaham hate!

It's not a shock to learn that more app developers still prefer Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems as those platforms have far more users at the present time.

App developers that do not rely on ad-revenue. WP7 still has higher click-thru returns than the other platforms. If you want to make money delivering ads, WP7 is the way to go.


dotf said,

Personally, I'm waiting for the Callaham hate!


App developers that do not rely on ad-revenue. WP7 still has higher click-thru returns than the other platforms. If you want to make money delivering ads, WP7 is the way to go.


Source?

I personally think that apps are getting to a point where they are kind of useless.. If all those websites out there would just make html5 mobile websites instead of just making an iphone app or android app it would change everything... It would be good for windows phone as well since you can pin the sites directly on your homepage..

Lachlan said,
I personally think that apps are getting to a point where they are kind of useless.. If all those websites out there would just make html5 mobile websites instead of just making an iphone app or android app it would change everything... It would be good for windows phone as well since you can pin the sites directly on your homepage..

Kinda like how Untappd started.

Lachlan said,
I personally think that apps are getting to a point where they are kind of useless.. If all those websites out there would just make html5 mobile websites instead of just making an iphone app or android app it would change everything... It would be good for windows phone as well since you can pin the sites directly on your homepage..

HTML5 is not magic. The C#/XAML combo is much, much, much more powerful than JS/HTML/CSS.

Aethec said,

HTML5 is not magic. The C#/XAML combo is much, much, much more powerful than JS/HTML/CSS.

For now. When the Windows runtime gets refreshed on the phone, there will be little distinction.

dotf said,

For now. When the Windows runtime gets refreshed on the phone, there will be little distinction.

except for performance of course. unless they compile the JScript and embed HTML5 as binary…

Aethec said,

HTML5 is not magic. The C#/XAML combo is much, much, much more powerful than JS/HTML/CSS.

Sometimes, however, not in 90% of the phone apps that are just website replacements.

Also with IE9 on WP7, the performance of HTML5 Apps are close to native applications. (Sadly not true on Android or iPhone yet.)

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Keep 'em coming devs.
Its good to see they are showing interest in Windows Phone
Windows Phone is THE future.

Windows Phone is not the present!

UndergroundWire said,

So the Apes will have Windows Phone's after they take us over. Not the future I wanted.

Yeah it doesn't matter what you want.
It matters what more people want and, in future, people would be wanting Windows Phone.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Yeah it doesn't matter what you want.
It matters what more people want and, in future, people would be wanting Windows Phone.

Apparently the future has no sense of humor too. Taking my comment WAY TOO SERIOUSLY!

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Keep 'em coming devs.
Its good to see they are showing interest in Windows Phone
Windows Phone is THE future.

Do you work on commission or an hourly wage? I'm just wondering if it's worth while switching jobs and becoming a Windows Phone Evangelist for Internet Forums.

The Teej said,

Do you work on commission or an hourly wage? I'm just wondering if it's worth while switching jobs and becoming a Windows Phone Evangelist for Internet Forums.

LMAO!

The Teej said,

Do you work on commission or an hourly wage? I'm just wondering if it's worth while switching jobs and becoming a Windows Phone Evangelist for Internet Forums.

Curious, how much do you make being an anti-WP7 Evangelist?

Does Apple or Google pay you, or do they both pitch in? Wondering if I should sell out my technical understanding to create FUD and Myths.

Apple tries to send me free 'evaluation' (aka Never have to return them) products all the time, as I am affiliated with a media company, but if I can make cash on top of the free crap they send, that would be uber awesome.

thenetavenger said,

Curious, how much do you make being an anti-WP7 Evangelist?

Does Apple or Google pay you, or do they both pitch in? Wondering if I should sell out my technical understanding to create FUD and Myths.

Apple tries to send me free 'evaluation' (aka Never have to return them) products all the time, as I am affiliated with a media company, but if I can make cash on top of the free crap they send, that would be uber awesome.

http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...1036693-joining-the-family/

Thanks for stopping by son I appreciate the visit, but next time, get the facts straight please. I'm the total polar opposite of an anti-WP7 evangelist