Nokia wants you to build better apps, will give you cash to do so

Windows Phone is great, but even the best OS is chained down if third-party apps are not there to support the platform. We have already seen Microsoft go after developers, and now Nokia is getting in on the action.

If you are a developer and want an extra incentive to build for the Windows Phone ecosystem, you should head on over to http://thecodewarrior.com/ to get in on the action. The purpose of the event is to create quality apps for the Marketplace and Nokia is offering incentives to build for the Windows Phone platform in the form of points, devices and even cold hard cash.

Microsoft and Nokia are both backing the event and it all kicks off on May 10 in Houston and will hit a total of 14 cities, before it draws to a close on June 12. You can take a look at the list here to see if a city near you is listed, if you're hoping to be a part of the Bounty Hunter Challenge.

Nokia and Microsoft know that shortcomings in the application line-up are often cited as the biggest problem in the Windows Phone ecosystem, and with these types of events, both companies are working hard to help close the gap in the Marketplace. 


Thanks for the tip, FoxieFoxie

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Funny cos I literally just posted this on my blog. You cannot catchup if you don't catch up.

"Well a few days later and it looks like there won't be a Windows Phone version anytime soon. Here is why.

1. There is no solid reliable way to get your own IP address and while there are bodges I prefer not to release stuff that requires such hacks to get them to work as they, at some point will fail to work.

2. There seems to be no reliable way to use UDP broadcasts - WHAT !?!?!? yes but there you go.

Not great news but maybe Windows Phone 8 will finally catch up to where Android and iOS were two years ago."

Depicus said,

Not great news but maybe Windows Phone 8 will finally catch up to where Android and iOS were two years ago."

or where Windows Mobile was 10 years ago

Depicus said,
Funny cos I literally just posted this on my blog. You cannot catchup if you don't catch up.

"Well a few days later and it looks like there won't be a Windows Phone version anytime soon. Here is why.

1. There is no solid reliable way to get your own IP address and while there are bodges I prefer not to release stuff that requires such hacks to get them to work as they, at some point will fail to work.

2. There seems to be no reliable way to use UDP broadcasts - WHAT !?!?!? yes but there you go.

Not great news but maybe Windows Phone 8 will finally catch up to where Android and iOS were two years ago."

guys, everything has two sides. i agree with you, but there are also some great stuff that windows phones have.

1. Your average consumer won't need their IP address. Heck, I've never even needed my IP address for my phone.

2. I don't even know what UDP is. Neither does your average consumer. WP7 is aimed at the average consumer, not the "tech user"

andrewbares said,
1. Your average consumer won't need their IP address. Heck, I've never even needed my IP address for my phone.

2. I don't even know what UDP is. Neither does your average consumer. WP7 is aimed at the average consumer, not the "tech user"

True but we are talking developers here, as a consumer I like WP7 but as a developer there are bits missing that really should be there.

Or Microsoft could just strengthen Windows Phone's numbers by releasing a Windows Mobile Compatibility Layer or something...

MASTER260 said,
Or Microsoft could just strengthen Windows Phone's numbers by releasing a Windows Mobile Compatibility Layer or something...

That'd be terrible, Windows Mobile apps weren't very touch friendly

MASTER260 said,
Or Microsoft could just strengthen Windows Phone's numbers by releasing a Windows Mobile Compatibility Layer or something...

How about DOS compatibility layer?