Downloads of Microsoft's Windows Phone Developers Tools is going strong. Microsoft is reporting that since MIX10 over 200,000 downloads of the Windows Phone Developers Tools have occurred. Additionally, registration for the live WP7 training course is rather healthy as well. According to Brandon Watson, the number already has a comma in it.
Call it excitement, curiosity, or just simple interest the development community is taking note of Windows Phone 7. From the get-go, the development community was a key component to the success of WP7. Based on the numbers that component appears to be very healthy.
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Awesome! even if only 10 percent of those developers will produce that will leave us with 20,000 apps with in the next few months. In all honesty, given the amount of time and effort and millions of money MS is putting into the mobile business, it is beyond why developers would not want to jump in. MS isn't going away not matter what other blogs say, they have the capital to bleed money for a long time, 360 is a good example. No one would have bet that XBOX would one day go would go HEAD to HEAD with Play Station or that Atari would go into oblivion.
1+ Assuming the hardware is good I am planning a day one purchase of a new WinPho7 and if even 10k - 15k apps are available I will be completely stoked! I use all the "Live" programs and have my 360 and mysync from my winmo already so I am keen and invested for my new WinPho7! I hope though because right now Bing navigation does not work in Australia I hope this is sorted asap!
What Microsoft needs to do is what Google did to get the Android Market running: hold a developer challenge. If away $250,000 for first prize, $10,000 for second, $5,000 for 3rd. With all the apps that will come in, I'm absolutely certain it would cost MS more than $265,000 to develop all those apps themselves.
I second that.
Even better: MS has the pockets to offer bigger (or more) prizes. They also have the urgent NEED to do so.
Well, they are paying current developers to port their apps from iOS or Android to WP7. They're also giving away thousands of free handsets to developers already. I do agree though, a contest would be a good idea. Hopefully they do something like that soon. I'm thinking that they should time it two months before release to build up some hype for the platform. Maybe even do the contest for multiple different categories.
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