The Windows Phone Marketplace has been steadily adding apps for the last few days (see yesterday's flood) and to quantify that, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore Tweeted that they hit a whopping 777 apps yesterday.
That surely is quite a feat for any new mobile OS on launch (and for us in the U.S. that launch is still 2 weeks away). Will they hit the magical (and arbitrary) 1,000 apps or more for the States? We think they can do it. Either way, when we log in on November 8th, we'll have a nice selection of apps from the big studios to the indys. Can't wait!
Source: Twitter (@joebelfiore); Thanks, Steve, for the tip!
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So anyone know where it's at as of today?
I'm not sure I'm up for counting 800+ things, lol. I'll leave it for MS to tell us! Any other volunteers?
I don't know how many either, but my guess is the developers will have some issues getting members to support them, especially those whom recently bought 6.5 only to find that most developers left them with no support and non-working apps on pretty new devices. It will surely be fun to watch what this platform does and how well developers can attract old customers whom were left with nothing on devices before Windows Phone and the funny thing is that some of the wireless carriers are still selling Windows Mobile 6.5, an unsupported device that should have already been pulled off the market. To me, a long time user of Windows Mobile it will take much more than Microsoft has now to come back and even if I did I doubt I would continue to support developers of the platform with the bad taste they left in my mouth. By the way, I blame Microsoft more than the developers, the company should have promoted better development from the 3rd party developers for devices they are still trying to make money on.
"...carriers are still selling Windows Mobile 6.5, an unsupported device" Not sure what your definition of support means. Microsoft certainly still supports (and develops) WM6.5x; true a lot of developers have moved on and the OS is not gaining any new developers/applications. HTC/T-Mobile did just release a nice ROM update for the HD2 the other day...
Yes, you are right about the rom updates. But no real working social media as in Facebook and/or Twitter makes it somewhat of a joke. Their adverts should say "No Social Media" on our outdated devices that we are still trying to sell. Before anyone post that Facebook is on 6.5 you should try it to find all the missing features and why should either write applications to support an outdated device when noone is buying them.
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