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Thursday, 31 March 2011 13:08

Microsoft claims it is winning the battle for hearts and minds of developers

Written by Nick Farell

Windows Phone 7 might just work
Software giant Microsoft claims that it is winning the battle for the hearts and minds of developers for its Windows Phone 7 software.

Redmond said that there had been more than 1.5 million downloads of a tool kit to make applications for Windows Phone 7. It claims that this is a sign the operating system may be winning over developers.

Microsoft thinks the key to getting consumers to buy phones with its WM7 software on board is to have shedloads of apps available. To do this it needs developers writing them.

More than 36,000 developers have registered with the company, Microsoft said and there are 11,500 apps are available. Each WM7 customer downloads 12 apps a month.

So far it needs to do something that will pull the OS's nadgers out of the fire. Only two million WM7 phones have been sold, despite getting good reviews.

Apple has more than 350,000 apps available, and Android apps top 150,000. Analysts IDC amused the world this week by claiming that Apple would turn everything around in a couple of years and become the number two phone software maker behind Google.

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+10 #1 yourma2000 2011-03-31 13:27
WE WUV YOU MICROSOFT AND WINDOWS 7! (heart alt codes don't work :sad: )
+7 #2 fed44 2011-03-31 13:36
Now if Microsoft could please get rid of all developer restrictions including this developer account requirement and the need to use .Net
-4 #3 yourma2000 2011-03-31 13:54
Haha, some Mac dudes in the house
+1 #4 fed44 2011-03-31 14:04
Quoting yourma2000:
Haha, some Mac dudes in the house

Err, except for the fact that apple has the same restriction and even if that wasn't so, Mac is the laptop/desktop range and not the mobile segment so that would be like comparing apples(pun intended) and oranges.
+9 #5 Steve-O 2011-03-31 14:07
I thought there was going to be a subheadline that ran something like this: "...by throwing wads of cash at them."
0 #6 dineaudio 2011-03-31 19:08
Microsoft always claims things they want to believe and they want others to believe. Things like Windows Vista and 7 sales etc. Just go with what you find more practical and friendly to your POCKET. ;)
+3 #7 Tasty Taste 2011-04-01 00:31
winning? not if Charlie Sheen has anything to say bout it...
0 #8 Ken Fused 2011-04-01 03:26
We want whatever is hot, ready and cheap. Maybe Little Caesar's should make a smart phone....
+3 #9 Dom99 2011-04-01 18:02
I would want WP7 to use microsoft office, I see that as its big selling point
0 #10 PorscheRacer14 2011-04-02 11:55
Office on my Windows Phone 7 is a big plus, especially since I'm in school now. SharePoint is also really nice and a handy way to keep everything synced across your computers/platforms. I think developers are opening up now that they see WP7 will be sticking around and not a gimmick.

At least when I get a call in a public place I know it's my phone ringing instead of before, and then you see like 10 people looking at their BlackBerries.

Once NoDo and MoJo land on the phones, it's going to be very feature competitive and powerful versus the rest. Even as it is now, I'm still very happy with it and wouldn't go back to BlackBerry. If you've ever used BBM, that's a pretty compelling statement to make...

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