Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 17:05 UTC
Windows Two links to Marco Arment within a few days? Well, if you make good points: "Many Windows developers were upset that iOS development had to be done on a Mac, but it didn't hurt Apple: the most important developers for iOS apps were already using Macs. But the success of Windows 8 and Windows Phone in the consumer space requires many of those consumer-product developers, now entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, to care so much about Windows development that they want to use Windows to develop for it. How likely is that?" As usual a bit too Apple-centric (he implies - as explicit as possible while still being implicit - that only iOS developers can create great applications), but his point still stands. Judging by the abysmal quality of Microsoft's own Metro applications (Mail, Video, Music, People, IE10, etc.), even Microsoft doesn't know how to create great Metro applications.
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WP7 has 100k apps with only 2% marketshare
by MollyC on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 18:35 UTC
MollyC
Member since:
2006-07-04

And those are metro apps. OK, a significant percentage are glorified RSS readers, but same goes for iOS. These Apple fanboys really need to get over themselves and their belief that "Everything is about Apple, nobody else need apply."

Edited 2012-06-23 18:36 UTC

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You know, every time someone brings up app numbers, I want to smack them. App numbers mean nothing. It doesn't matter how many apps a platform has, but whether they have the apps people want or need to get things done. This goes for any platform. Enough of this "platform x has y number of apps" crap. It tells us nothing about the quality of the apps or the platform, and is only a stupid marketing tactic that demeans the intelligence of both the person saying it and those who read it.

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fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

Also, "good apps" are only and advantage to the platform owner if they are not available on competing platforms, and can't be ported (or cloned by someone else) with minor efforts.

Even if Instapaper was _the killer app_ for iOS, would it be impossible for Microsoft to create something similar? Sure it would take some time and money, but not nearly as much as Macro and his huge ago wants you to believe!

PS. there are already some Instapaper clients for WP7.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

While it doesn't speak for quality, it DOES speak for momentum. It's undeniable that the Windows Phone marketplace has incredible momentum behind it.

Microsoft is pulling ALL the stops with regards to driving hard and fast adoption of the platform. Given that we've moved much closer to a unified platform in recent releases, this will have a catalyst effect over to Windows 8.

A *lot* of people I talk to within the developer community is doing porting work to Windows 8. I'm sure its the same story on a larger scale.

Windows Phone has over 20,000 developers. That's 20,000 able bodied souls who already know the key technologies needed to write Windows 8 apps.

If you take .NET and XAML as a whole, you get an even larger number of developers.

People continue to completely underestimate Microsoft's vast .NET army.

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Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

And those are metro apps. OK, a significant percentage are glorified RSS readers, but same goes for iOS. These Apple fanboys really need to get over themselves and their belief that "Everything is about Apple, nobody else need apply."


Yeah but, I don't want or need 99975K calculators, rss readers and weather apps thank you very much! ;)

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Alas, no one cares about WP7 regardless of how many apps it has.

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