Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Mar 2012 18:41 UTC
Windows As good as I personally think Windows Phone 7.5 is, there's no denying it has a bit of an application problem. Sure, there's enough applications when looking at quantity, but when looking at quality and having the applications people want, it's a different story. ZDNet managed to get its hands on Microsoft's plan to attract the developers of top mobile applications to Windows Phone.
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by kurkosdr on Tue 27th Mar 2012 08:46 UTC
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Microsoft giving developers money, Google torturing developers by having them write their app two times (one for 2.x and one for ICS, assuming you want those new ICS APIs).

Maybe Microsoft "winning" the mobile wars is not as impossible as the Linux crowd wants to make it seem.

Edited 2012-03-27 08:47 UTC

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by ricegf on Tue 27th Mar 2012 10:09 in reply to "Re:"
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2007-04-25

Yep, Microsoft bought (and killed) the netbook market, and bought a modest share of the gaming console market; it could happen again with smartphones.

Of course, they tried to buy the teen phone market, the tablet market, the search market, the email market, the portal market, the cloud market, the... Well, let's just say it's not a slam dunk.

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by bnolsen on Tue 27th Mar 2012 10:10 in reply to "Re:"
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It's about market share, not developers. Android is definitely critical mass so the developers will do the work. Maybe grumble, but will still do the work because they have a huge potential customer base.

Microsoft has put themselves in a bad position here. Funny, because they were in smartphones market long before apple and google and yet failed to create a market. Now they are very late to the game and still seem to be in a wait and see mode.

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by TemporalBeing on Tue 27th Mar 2012 17:04 in reply to "RE: Re:"
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2007-08-22

It's about market share, not developers. Android is definitely critical mass so the developers will do the work. Maybe grumble, but will still do the work because they have a huge potential customer base.


True. I'm in the process of starting a company whose first couple products will be mobile apps, targeting Android and iOS. No qualms about it, and looking forward to the challenges of the new environments. I won't touch Windows development, and am glad to be rid of that ball & chain.


Microsoft has put themselves in a bad position here. Funny, because they were in smartphones market long before apple and google and yet failed to create a market. Now they are very late to the game and still seem to be in a wait and see mode.


Microsoft was always afraid that the mobile market would take over their desktop market and that they would then lose their dominance. I guess partly because mobile was a more regulated market that is harder for MS to dominate like they did with the Desktop market.

Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for us), their lack of driving a platform in the mobile space years ago, is now their doom as a company as the world is moving to mobile regardless of what MS does, and in the process leaving MS behind - having mostly learned the lessons of MS's dominance.

Despite what some may think, people and companies are not typically masochists or fans of BSDM.

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