Windows Phone 7 to launch with 2000 apps


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Windows Phone 7 is being eagerly awaited by techies everywhere. Some question its attempt to rival big players like the iOS and Android platforms. Microsoft will be holding a Windows Phone 7 launch event in New York and London on October 11.

Neowin previously reported that Microsoft will launch a number of Windows Phone 7 devices on October 21 at several launch events worldwide as well as making them available in stores on the same day in the UK, France, Germany Italy and Spain. For the US it seems they’ll have to wait till 8 November.

Engadget have reported they had been forwarded a snapshot taken from a Three UK document. The shot reads that the Windows Phone 7 will have 2000 applications when it’s launched and that it comes equipped with a 4.0 inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touch Screen. Amongst the Windows Phone 7 device, lays the Samsung Europa and the Blackberry Torch.

Microsoft refused to announce the amount of apps the phone would have at launch, but 2000 seems plentiful. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO has already announced that applications written for Windows Phone 7 will work on all devices running the OS. "Unlike Google, if you write an app for Windows Phone 7, it will work on all Windows phones" said Ballmer.

Before long, it could be a distinct possibility that the amount of WindowsPhone 7 apps surpasses the amount of those on the Apple app store. It seems we’ll have to watch this space and see whether developers flock to Windows Phone once again.

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zikalify said,
Hah I cant care for proprietary companies much anymore :] I think an Ubuntu/Firefox smart phone would be awesome

Why would they be awesome?

It's sweet! rather, it's GOING to be sweet. Of course we're already running WP7 on the HD2 as of a couple days ago but using a loop back GSM provider for now Hey, these things take time!

Yay! 2000 apps.... BUT, has anyone thought if those apps are going to be free? Of course not..... (at least the majority) That's why I believe Microsoft Points will have a new objective, rather than the xbox.

Jose_49 said,
Yay! 2000 apps.... BUT, has anyone thought if those apps are going to be free? Of course not..... (at least the majority) That's why I believe Microsoft Points will have a new objective, rather than the xbox.

No Microsoft points here, all cold hard currency on Windows Phone!

Jose_49 said,
Yay! 2000 apps.... BUT, has anyone thought if those apps are going to be free? Of course not..... (at least the majority) That's why I believe Microsoft Points will have a new objective, rather than the xbox.

One of Microsoft's submission policies is to limit free apps to five, so the marketplace doesn't get flooding with a bunch of free cookie cutter apps:
Music Trivia: Songs of 1980
Music Trivia: Songs of 1981
Music Trivia: Songs of 1982
Music Trivia: Songs of 1983
crap
more crap
pure crap
total crap

Ruciz said,
..but are they 2000 different apps?
More than likely... When Microsoft initially opens the marketplace, it will be to select developers only. Those developers are making the 'required' apps, like Netflix, OpenTable, Twitter, Facebook and other apps you would want and expect on any phone platform.

You won't see a flood of fart apps till it is open to the public

I love the fact of having so many apps on launch and I hope they incorporate a search bar on the apps menu, then it would be much easier to search for apps.

Xypro said,
I love the fact of having so many apps on launch and I hope they incorporate a search bar on the apps menu, then it would be much easier to search for apps.

I also was thinking about this a few weeks ago, that the apps page need a search bar like the iphone, but then i remember that wp7 has the search button on the phone. so at the start menu if u press the search key will bring up bing, if you inside the apps page the search key will search for apps, if you inside people hub the search key will search for name etc..which work much better then how the iphone wasted a whole page just to display the search bar...which is nice, i think...

hxuanv said,

I also was thinking about this a few weeks ago, that the apps page need a search bar like the iphone, but then i remember that wp7 has the search button on the phone. so at the start menu if u press the search key will bring up bing, if you inside the apps page the search key will search for apps, if you inside people hub the search key will search for name etc..which work much better then how the iphone wasted a whole page just to display the search bar...which is nice, i think...

For Sure, so what your trying to say is that when your in the apps menu you press the search bar and then you search for your apps and I was also thinking that you can change the size of the tabs for texts,email, and people so you can see the newer emails and texts and facebook updates and jump right to it, if would save so much time on the start screen, damn MS should really incoperate the consumers idea, it would make the phone that much better.

kInG aLeXo said,
the blue tiles

Don't know why you say blue because there is many colours to choose from and it's quite easy to change?
Changing it from tiles to something else.. now that's something you can't do.

Sacha said,

Don't know why you say blue because there is many colours to choose from and it's quite easy to change?
Changing it from tiles to something else.. now that's something you can't do.

I just hate the tiles with just single background color the way they did it.They look ugly IMO.Was better to have some picture\icon thing like the Xbox one.

kInG aLeXo said,
I can't believe they didn't change the blue tiles
IMO They look really ugly and outdated.

Yes, clearly they should have changed them because YOU didn't like them!

It says "over 2000 apps", I think the number is from the marketplace opening and only letting in the first 2000 devs early to make sure things are working right. I'm sure many of them have 2 or 3 apps, so I'm taking a guess and saying it could open with a good deal more, around 5k imo.

GP007 said,
It says "over 2000 apps", I think the number is from the marketplace opening and only letting in the first 2000 devs early to make sure things are working right. I'm sure many of them have 2 or 3 apps, so I'm taking a guess and saying it could open with a good deal more, around 5k imo.
Microsoft said once the marketplace is open to those certain developers, it will be a first come first serve thing. So if one developer submits 2-3 apps, they would all likely be approved. Microsoft said they would be working very quickly with the developers to make sure they get their apps approved.

Just a little nitpick - this final line of the article " It seems we'll have to watch this space and see whether developers flock to Windows Phone once again."

Windows Phone 7 is a new platform, not Windows Mobile, so they can hardly flock "once again" as it is a start from scratch platform.

martinDTanderson said,
Just a little nitpick - this final line of the article " It seems we'll have to watch this space and see whether developers flock to Windows Phone once again."

Windows Phone 7 is a new platform, not Windows Mobile, so they can hardly flock "once again" as it is a start from scratch platform.

I think they mean will the developers of WinMo come to Windows Phone 7 and will more?

martinDTanderson said,
Just a little nitpick - this final line of the article " It seems we'll have to watch this space and see whether developers flock to Windows Phone once again."

Windows Phone 7 is a new platform, not Windows Mobile, so they can hardly flock "once again" as it is a start from scratch platform.

Yes, you are nitpicking. Hardcore nitpicking. Is this better:

"It seems we'll have to watch this space and see whether developers flock to Microsoft's mobile OS once again."

?

XeonBuilder said,

Only if you feel like waiting till the spring for a new phone. 7 wont be in the states till the spring so I already got my Android phone and have to say its pretty dam sweet. And Ive been a loyal WinMo user for years.


Spring if you're Verizon lol. T-mobile and AT&T in november.

If thats correct thats pretty impressive. They seem to have done a good job at getting a good assortment of games on board (hell IMHO the lineup I saw the other day beats Android) and hopefully that means they have some solid apps in other areas too.

Smigit said,
If thats correct thats pretty impressive. They seem to have done a good job at getting a good assortment of games on board (hell IMHO the lineup I saw the other day beats Android) and hopefully that means they have some solid apps in other areas too.
Microsoft is good with DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS! Lol... To Quote someone from Microsoft that is

Smigit said,
If thats correct thats pretty impressive. They seem to have done a good job at getting a good assortment of games on board (hell IMHO the lineup I saw the other day beats Android) and hopefully that means they have some solid apps in other areas too.

Ahaha, all Microsoft has to do to 'match' Android on gaming is release generic puzzle games (that already exist on Live), 500 sliding puzzle picture games of Justin Bieber, Twilight, and Harry Potter, and a gem elimination game. Tadaa, Android Market defeated.

...as an avid Android user, I just made myself a little sad.

/admit it, you all just bought the emulators and gave up on the rest

Joshie said,

Ahaha, all Microsoft has to do to 'match' Android on gaming is release generic puzzle games (that already exist on Live), 500 sliding puzzle picture games of Justin Bieber, Twilight, and Harry Potter, and a gem elimination game. Tadaa, Android Market defeated.

...as an avid Android user, I just made myself a little sad.

/admit it, you all just bought the emulators and gave up on the rest

LOL its true, Android doesn't have many good games.
Then again, I couldn't care less, as I don't play games on my phone.

Can't wait to have a go on the phone.

I'm just afraid that the tiles take up too much space on the home screen and it'll look too cramped

emzino said,
Can't wait to have a go on the phone.

I'm just afraid that the tiles take up too much space on the home screen and it'll look too cramped

Yeah, but they're used to display information, so they need to be a decent size for that... Having played with a phone I have to say that the tile size works...

emzino said,
Can't wait to have a go on the phone.

I'm just afraid that the tiles take up too much space on the home screen and it'll look too cramped


The live tiles are a happy medium between static icons of iOS and Android's mishmash of randomly-sized widgets, some of which are so freaking large you can't fit any other widget on the screen.