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Windows Phone now has 130K+ apps

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Yusuf M.    1,360

Hello from Barcelona! Today I had the honor of joining Nokia at its App Developer Conference to help kick-off Mobile World Congress. Nokia shared some great phone and app news that you can read about here. For Microsoft, today is about showing you, our Windows Phone developers, the progress you have made. I?d also like to announce a few more tools and programs to make it even easier for you to develop for Windows Phone.

How are we doing?

By now, you are familiar with our strategy of fostering an ecosystem around Windows Phone: an ecosystem characterized by quality, scale and developer opportunity. This strategy is taking root at an accelerated pace with partners and developers reporting real and sustained growth following the launch of Windows Phone 8.

Every day there are more signs of people?s belief that Windows Phone has evolved from being a solid contender to a compelling alternative. Just last week, the Nokia Lumia 920 won Engadget?s Reader?s Choice award for best smartphone of 2012 ? by a wide margin. Also earlier this month, the Lumia 920 took on all comers to be named Gizmodo?s ?Best Smartphone Camera? of five that were tested. The Lumia 920 is also being honored this week as a GSMA Best Smartphone nominee. Most importantly, people love their Windows Phones and its apps. A January report from ChangeWave Research found that Windows Phone customers are more likely to be ?very satisfied? with their phones than Android users (53% for Windows Phone users vs. 48% for Android).

Moreover though, this qualitative praise is translating into quantitative opportunity for Windows Phone developers. We started by getting phones in front of the right people, making it easy for users to buy apps (e.g. PayPal, Alipay and carrier billing) and expanding to new geographies to grow our total addressable market by 90% in 2012. You?ve probably read reports of a 4x increase in Windows Phone sales over last year?s holiday season. In fact, we?ve achieved more than 10% marketshare in a number of countries (source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Feb 2013).

The Windows Phone Store has also experienced a significant increase in activity - the highest in our history - with a 75% increase in app downloads, a 91% increase in paid app revenue and eclipsing 1 billion transactions. We?re also seeing higher levels of engagement with the catalog (thanks to your great apps), with a steady increase to an average of 55 downloads per user.

Windows Phone Developer Opportunity

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The Windows Phone developer community itself is growing rapidly as well. Developer registrations are up by over 40,000 in the first 90 days since the launch of Windows Phone 8, and we?ve already seen 15,000 new apps that specifically leverage the new platform functionality Windows Phone 8 provides. All told, you?ve created a catalog of more than 130,000 apps and games ? designed specifically for a differentiated Windows Phone UI and ecosystem. And we expect this growth to continue as the number of Windows Phone 8 SDK downloads just passed 500,000 in less than 4 months from its release on October 30, 2012.

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Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

Over 130,000 apps and over 40,000 developer registrations since the launch of WP8. The average of 55 downloads per user came as a surprise to me. With the new low- to medium-end devices from Nokia, it looks like WP8 is going to have a great year. :)

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MorganX    1,046

I'm pretty sure there's a Facebook app as well as a chase bank app out for WP.

https://www.chase.co...ing/windows-app

There's no official facebook app nor a MS one. I personally don't like giving l/p to third party apps for a service of that nature. There's Chase, and Bank of America.

There are many more banks that are not there, including my other 2 (I do use BoA) which both have apps for iPhone and Android and facebook has a first party app for both platforms as well. You can't be the platform where you have to settle for less or use a browser (slow, tiresome, and browsing on a phone is for emergencies only for some people like me.)

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George P    4,262

There's no official facebook app nor a MS one. I personally don't like giving l/p to third party apps for a service of that nature. There's Chase, and Bank of America.

There are many more banks that are not there, including my other 2 (I do use BoA) which both have apps for iPhone and Android and facebook has a first party app for both platforms as well. You can't be the platform where you have to settle for less or use a browser (slow, tiresome, and browsing on a phone is for emergencies only for some people like me.)

The Facebook app I have on my phone right now is from MS. I'd say it's as official as it gets unless Facebook writes it's own.

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BajiRav    2,126

You can browse the Windows Phone store here: http://www.windowsph...com/en-gb/store

Try searching for apps you use a lot. I upgraded from a BlackBerry Curve and all the apps I used were available except for BlackBerry Messenger which is exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones.

So you are saying this is your first smartphone? :p

There's no official facebook app nor a MS one. I personally don't like giving l/p to third party apps for a service of that nature. There's Chase, and Bank of America.

There are many more banks that are not there, including my other 2 (I do use BoA) which both have apps for iPhone and Android and facebook has a first party app for both platforms as well. You can't be the platform where you have to settle for less or use a browser (slow, tiresome, and browsing on a phone is for emergencies only for some people like me.)

Uh...there is an official facebook app for Windows Phone. It is published by Microsoft.

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ingramator    70

There's no official facebook app nor a MS one. I personally don't like giving l/p to third party apps for a service of that nature. There's Chase, and Bank of America.

There are many more banks that are not there, including my other 2 (I do use BoA) which both have apps for iPhone and Android and facebook has a first party app for both platforms as well. You can't be the platform where you have to settle for less or use a browser (slow, tiresome, and browsing on a phone is for emergencies only for some people like me.)

Are you for real? You are complaining that there are no first party apps and that is somehow Microsoft and their hardware partners fault how? Cool iPhone and Android have the app you want, that wouldn't be true three years ago. Devs will only support a platform they think is worth developing for, which gives you the what comes first scenario, apps or users? Early adopters of a platform always have to suffer "limited" app support, get over it, was the same with iOS and Android... The Microsoft Facebook app works perfectly and the people hub pretty much destroys everything on competing platforms. If Facebook wants to write their own WP app then let them, after all they are a multi-billion dollar company but that is by no means any reflection of Windows Phone.

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HawkMan    5,230

I your bank doesn't have a decent mobile webpage that you can use to pay bills and such... switch to a decent bank. Even my local little bank here has one. and the bank app, due to security reasons, it can only be used for moving money between your own accounts and checking your accounts. as it should be.

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MorganX    1,046

The Facebook app I have on my phone right now is from MS. I'd say it's as official as it gets unless Facebook writes it's own.

WP8? The old app, it's not official if it's not facebook, but yes, MS is better than third party only the MS app for WP7 does not and never has functioned properly with notifications for more people that not. I'm not sure what the problem is.

Are you for real? You are complaining that there are no first party apps and that is somehow Microsoft and their hardware partners fault how?

I stopped reading after that because the rest was based off this fallacy as that's NOT what I said. Reread what I said and stop attributing the voices in your head to me.

But since you mention it, it is not their fault, though if they're smart they'll make it their problem and proactively fix it with regards to the most in demand apps. It's a problem in general for the platform because those apps are on competing platforms that have great phones. Do you comprehend that, at all?!?

So you are saying this is your first smartphone? :p

Uh...there is an official facebook app for Windows Phone. It is published by Microsoft.

You are right, the WP7 apps will work, but it is flawed which is why people want a native one. Notifications work spotty for some, a day and a half later for others, and never for some. This is one of the most important features and the primary reason for an app as opposed to a browser on a phone. Android and iPhone with the facebook produced app have no issues whatsoever with this or any other aspect.

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George P    4,262

It's been updated to version 4.x which added WP8 features like the lock screen picture options and so on. Sure it's not from FB itself but it's something.

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Yusuf M.    1,360

It's been updated to version 4.x which added WP8 features like the lock screen picture options and so on. Sure it's not from FB itself but it's something.

There's a better version on the way: http://www.neowin.net/news/nokia-ceo-a-better-facebook-windows-phone-app-is-being-worked-on

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