WP7 marketplace now has over 12,000 developers

Windows Phone 7, which hasnt even launched in all parts of the world, is off to a quick start. The WP7 marketplace now has over 12,000 developers, a positive sign for Microsoft that their new mobile OS is starting to take hold in the developer community.

WP7's future depends on the ability for third party developers to offer all applications that a user not only depends on, but expects in this era of mobile operating systems. However, this type of success shouldn't come unexpected considering that Microsoft is throwing hundreds of millions of dollars behind the marketing campaign for WP7.

According to fiercedeveloper.com, "More than 12,000 Windows Phone 7 developers have now registered to market their applications via Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace storefront, slated to go live later this month. According to Microsoft, WP7 developer registration increased close to 40 percent over the last month alone."

As Windows Phone 7 continues its launch across the world that started in New Zealand with the first phone sold in the world, followed by the Australia and Europe, Microsoft is going head on into an intense phone platform battle, where the company has been lagging behind for many years.

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That fact that this is the third or fourth news item featured on neowin about the marketplace numbers. first, it was 777 apps. then over 1000, IIRC. now this.

I say, time to give it a rest.

12,000 developers and 1000 apps. The numbers don't add up lol. Just because they register doesn't mean it will get any meaningful number of apps.

Flawed said,
12,000 developers and 1000 apps. The numbers don't add up lol. Just because they register doesn't mean it will get any meaningful number of apps.

Because the marketplace has only been open to 2000 devs. There are still 10,000+ that are waiting for early certification before WP7 hits the US.

And yeh if they register it does mean they will probably make apps. Unless people want to spend $100 just for no reason.

I just got back from a Microsoft Event for executives and I'll be getting a Windows Phone for free plus two months of service. I have to tell you, I was impressed, and can't wait to get my hands on it in a couple of weeks. I think it is a real game changer. I'll be getting a HD7 or a Dell Venue Pro. Not sure which one yet.

Microsoft is going after the business community very aggressively for porting their apps to WP7, and the development tools make it very easy. I just watched them build an sample app in a few hours for a company that I know had provided no prior information (I know the CEO and Director of Infrastructure for them). Development will clearly drive WP7 for the enterprise when you can build your mobile and desktop apps simultaneously with the same tools.

The count is not accurate and only reflects who has registered. Not everyone is registering right of way because the fee is $100 per year. Developers are waiting for the last minute once they have completed their application then will register and submit their application. They also might wait until they can test their application on a real phone before registering and since their is no phones in most areas then they are still waiting.

All the articles I have read so far have been positive regarding developers and their experience with the WP7 platform. That's why I believe WP7 will be a success. If the developers like developing for one platform than another then I believe it will be successfull.

i'll wait until they release the 1st service pack, with copy & paste, file manager, and customizable ringtones....

mocax said,
i'll wait until they release the 1st service pack, with copy & paste, file manager, and customizable ringtones....

I don't think we will see a file manager.

dave164 said,

I don't think we will see a file manager.

No real sense in using a file manager since I think the FS in use doesn't work the same way.

I've been impressed with the marketplace. It has a lot of the important apps like facebook, twitter, msn and a few others. But at the same time the foke from the iphone fart apps have tried to cash in with around 10 different fart apps and 10 different flashlight apps for around £0.80p. But I've not seen new ones be added so that should be the end of it.

I would like to see a video upload app, more image upload apps and some more free games. Most of them are the xbox live ones which are good but they range from £2.50 to £5.50 but you can trial them without installing a totally separate app like on the iphone.

Gaffney said,
I've been impressed with the marketplace. It has a lot of the important apps like facebook, twitter, msn and a few others. But at the same time the foke from the iphone fart apps have tried to cash in with around 10 different fart apps and 10 different flashlight apps for around £0.80p. But I've not seen new ones be added so that should be the end of it.

I would like to see a video upload app, more image upload apps and some more free games. Most of them are the xbox live ones which are good but they range from £2.50 to £5.50 but you can trial them without installing a totally separate app like on the iphone.

I'm pretty sure MS has a free flashlight app that they made up there, why anyone would pay for one is weird.

GP007 said,

I'm pretty sure MS has a free flashlight app that they made up there, why anyone would pay for one is weird.

I remember seeing a demo of a utility app that featured your Xbox Live avatar, with things like a ruler, leveler, maybe a thermometer, definitely a flashlight, and maybe more. When you accessed the flashlight, the avatar would hold a flashlight in its hand, and shine it towards you.

Quikboy said,

I remember seeing a demo of a utility app that featured your Xbox Live avatar, with things like a ruler, leveler, maybe a thermometer, definitely a flashlight, and maybe more. When you accessed the flashlight, the avatar would hold a flashlight in its hand, and shine it towards you.

Don't know why Microsoft are allowing these people to charge for such apps or at least just let 1-2 through not 10.

I just counted, 6 free flashlight apps and 6 paid ones for £0.79 and the BEST one which has the most settings and things you can change is a Free one.

Quikboy said,

I remember seeing a demo of a utility app that featured your Xbox Live avatar, with things like a ruler, leveler, maybe a thermometer, definitely a flashlight, and maybe more. When you accessed the flashlight, the avatar would hold a flashlight in its hand, and shine it towards you.

Ya those exactly, they should be free since MS put them out for devs to try and even put the code for the apps out there iirc.

GP007 said,

Ya those exactly, they should be free since MS put them out for devs to try and even put the code for the apps out there iirc.


There are currently 13 flashlights apps, 6 of which are free.

This is good, I'm loving my new shiney samsung Omnia 7 - needs more apps though but from the point of view of its only a few weeks old, this is excellent!

duddit2 said,
This is good, I'm loving my new shiney samsung Omnia 7 - needs more apps though but from the point of view of its only a few weeks old, this is excellent!

Where did you get yours from and is it the 8 or 16GB version?

GP007 said,

Where did you get yours from and is it the 8 or 16GB version?

Wait for the Focus; memory is expandable up to 40GB... for now.

GP007 said,

Where did you get yours from and is it the 8 or 16GB version?

It's out in other countries, I have a Windows Phone 7, here in the UK it was released 2 weeks ago

dominic-blakey said,

It's out in other countries, I have a Windows Phone 7, here in the UK it was released 2 weeks ago

Ya, i know that much, I'm just wondering if it was ordered online or from some retail shop.

GP007 said,

Ya, i know that much, I'm just wondering if it was ordered online or from some retail shop.

I called orange but they had no stock, then called the store at the trafford centre (manchester) and they had 4 in so I went to the store and picked it up (maybe foolishly - its the 8gig, could do with more really).

I may regret not waiting, but you could wait forever for that perfect device, I just had to have one - and its god dam nice I tells ya

duddit2 said,

I called orange but they had no stock, then called the store at the trafford centre (manchester) and they had 4 in so I went to the store and picked it up (maybe foolishly - its the 8gig, could do with more really).

I may regret not waiting, but you could wait forever for that perfect device, I just had to have one - and its god dam nice I tells ya

Don't let the lack of a microSD slot get to you, it seems that the internal NAND the Omnia 7 uses loads apps and games faster than the microSD some HTC phones use, but that could also just be HTC using slow microSD cards.

GP007 said,

Don't let the lack of a microSD slot get to you, it seems that the internal NAND the Omnia 7 uses loads apps and games faster than the microSD some HTC phones use, but that could also just be HTC using slow microSD cards.


Apparently, the HTC HD7 came with the cheapest 8GB class 2 MicroSD.

DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS...DEVELOPERS!!,DEVELOPERS!!,DEVELOPERS!!,DEVELOPERS!!,DEVELOPERS!!,DEVELOP...*runs out of breath due to awesome crowd chanting*

...and currently no phones on the american market!

"Here... we have a nice selection of mags for the car you can't even buy yet!"

Mouettus said,
...and currently no phones on the american market!

"Here... we have a nice selection of mags for the car you can't even buy yet!"

Would you rather buy the phone first and have to wait for apps a month later or have apps ready and waiting for when you buy your phone? The choice should really be a simple one.

Mouettus said,
...and currently no phones on the american market!

"Here... we have a nice selection of mags for the car you can't even buy yet!"

Dude, the phones are coming shortly to the United States... Be patient. What else would you have wanted...the phones to not have apps at launch and half-decent phones for being shipped too quickly? Come on now, just a couple more days...

Electric Jolt said,

Dude, the phones are coming shortly to the United States... Be patient. What else would you have wanted...the phones to not have apps at launch and half-decent phones for being shipped too quickly? Come on now, just a couple more days...

Sorry guys but the European market is way richer and more important than the US one. This is the reason MS launched the OS there first. We are loosing a lot of ground against the rest of the World here in the US........

Fritzly said,

Sorry guys but the European market is way richer and more important than the US one. This is the reason MS launched the OS there first. We are loosing a lot of ground against the rest of the World here in the US........

I've got the Windows Phone 7, and it's amazing! (Live in UK) It's worth waiting for, and I think it's great how many developers are looking into it

Fritzly said,

Sorry guys but the European market is way richer and more important than the US one. This is the reason MS launched the OS there first. We are loosing a lot of ground against the rest of the World here in the US........


Dude don't turn this into Europe vs US. By the way you mean According to you, Europe is better.

Fritzly said,

Sorry guys but the European market is way richer and more important than the US one. This is the reason MS launched the OS there first. We are loosing a lot of ground against the rest of the World here in the US........

Lol. Spoken as someone who does not truly understand the global market. BTW, it was released outside the US first because it's easier to compete in countries that don't have a high penetration of iPhone and Android users.

Quikboy said,

Lol. Spoken as someone who does not truly understand the global market. BTW, it was released outside the US first because it's easier to compete in countries that don't have a high penetration of iPhone and Android users.

I am sure you do understand the subject very well......... and your statement is a clear proof of it.
I will give you a clue: Europe is GSM only and, for the time being, WP 7 is GSM only.......

Mouettus said,
...and currently no phones on the american market!

"Here... we have a nice selection of mags for the car you can't even buy yet!"

I don't know if you have a problem with that or not, but I think that's pretty damn impressive

GP007 said,

Would you rather buy the phone first and have to wait for apps a month later or have apps ready and waiting for when you buy your phone? The choice should really be a simple one.


Terrible argument. You have to wait for apps either way, but at least if you can buy the phone now you get to use a great phone while you wait. The choice should really be a simple one.

Jorgesarcos said,
Oh... so App numbers are so low to compete with Apple's that we should publish Developers numbers instead... go ahead...

Yes because a platform 2-3 weeks old should obviously have the same number of apps as one that is 3+ years old.

This article is simply trying to say that developers are interested in WP7 and that's a good thing.

Jorgesarcos said,
Oh... so App numbers are so low to compete with Apple's that we should publish Developers numbers instead... go ahead...

The phone is less than a month old you maloo... and they are not competing with their apps they are competing the their OS... windows phone 7 concept is far better that ios. By the time this developers starts droping their apps we gonna have the tethering software like joikuspot and thats what i use with my nokia which doesn't support tethering.

/- Razorfold said,

Yes because a platform 2-3 weeks old should obviously have the same number of apps as one that is 3+ years old.

This article is simply trying to say that developers are interested in WP7 and that's a good thing.

+1

Jorgesarcos said,
Oh... so App numbers are so low to compete with Apple's that we should publish Developers numbers instead... go ahead...

The developer marketplace STILL isn't open to general submission until tomorrow, it's invite only at the mo. They can only certify so many apps a day

Jorgesarcos said,
Oh... so App numbers are so low to compete with Apple's that we should publish Developers numbers instead... go ahead...

# of apps is a stock.. # of developers determines the growth of that stock...

Jorgesarcos said,
Oh... so App numbers are so low to compete with Apple's that we should publish Developers numbers instead... go ahead...

Number of good iphone apps is the same that WP7 has now... zippos, burps and whips applications are not so useful.

~Johnny said,

The developer marketplace STILL isn't open to general submission until tomorrow, it's invite only at the mo. They can only certify so many apps a day

I totally forgot about that, they only opened it up for 2000 or so select devs, or whoever got in early. Wonder how it'll explode when they open it up to everyone.

Jorgesarcos said,
Oh... so App numbers are so low to compete with Apple's that we should publish Developers numbers instead... go ahead...

just imagine how quickly the marketplace with grow with so many developers...

/- Razorfold said,

Yes because a platform 2-3 weeks old should obviously have the same number of apps as one that is 3+ years old.

This article is simply trying to say that developers are interested in WP7 and that's a good thing.

Exactly. And the number of developers is a good sign of things to come.

Jorgesarcos said,
Oh... so App numbers are so low to compete with Apple's that we should publish Developers numbers instead... go ahead...
Even if you're comment were educated and reasonable, it simply means that we will have plenty of unique apps spanning many genres.