Microsoft Successfully Courting Developers for Windows Phone: Study


Microsoft’s (s msft) all-out pursuit of mobile developers is working, according to data released this morning from Appcelerator. The startup, whose tools are used by developers to build desktop and mobile applications, found that of the more than 1,000 developers it polled last week, 34 percent were “very interested” in doing so for Windows Phone, up from a mere 13 percent in January.

While that figure pales in comparison to to developers’ interest in platforms such as Apple’s (s aapl) iPhone (87 percent) or Google’s (s goog) Android (81 percent), it’s solid evidence that Microsoft’s recent attempts to lure developers by showcasing Windows Phone’s abilities is paying dividends. The company earlier this month touted its Silverlight technology and released free developer tools to spur interest in its mobile platform, which is scheduled to come to market late this year. If Microsoft can continue to successfully attract developers to its flagship mobile operating system (without unnecessarily alienating them), Windows Phone could be on the path to becoming a viable alternative to iPhone and Android.

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34 percent were “very interested” …

What does that really mean? This is a poll where it cost nothing in terms of commitment for what ever answer one cares to give. If WP7 is a hit, the developers will develop for it. If WP7 tanks, developers will largely ignore it.

Microsoft has its work cut out and needs a good core set of applications available for WP7 at launch, regardless of what support it receives from independent developers. That’s a fact regardless of what the poll of the moment says…

Glen Gordon

The biggest thing about the Microsoft developer continuum is how well the technologies span different platforms. Your Silverlight skills will help you build Windows Phone 7 series apps as well as desktop RIA apps for PC and Mac. If you’re more interested in games, XNA let you write for Windows Phone, PC and XBox. Add to that a unified way for creating business logic and accessing services, and suddenly the skillset doesn’t make you a one trick pony anymore.

Kirsty Nelson

Windows Phone 7 Series = FAIL

All those Microsoft promises sound good on the surface, but when you dig a bit deeper, you find the plan deeply flawed. No enterprise will go near it. Those with custom apps are already starting work on porting them to Android.

The API in WP7S is rudimentary, unfinished. It’s OK for developing very simple apps very easily, but that’s where it ends. You won’t be able to do complex time sensitive tasks in Silverlight’s managed environment. It’s too slow for critical work. Its API won’t give you access to a lot of the things you need, and Microsoft won’t give you native access (except for its own apps).

Plus vital features like copy & paste will be missing from WP7S when it is released. Microsoft just doesn’t have the time it needs to fix it. Nobody will want to buy a phone in this state. It’s going to fail dismally, despite all the TV adverts and hoopla that Microsoft will throw at it.

The market will continue to be dominated by Android and iPhone, as it is now (though Android will eventually surpass iPhone in numbers)

Ben Werdmuller

I’m certainly considering developing for both Windows Phone and Android. Although the iPhone is undeniably awesome, and I’m sure the iPad will also be great, Apple have shot themselves in the foot with their developer restrictions. In particular, the need to have Apple hardware squeezes out many developers – whereas Windows is hugely prevalent, and Android doesn’t care what you use.

Ultimately, I still think Android will win this race, although Apple and Microsoft will still give them a run for their money.


a viable alternative ? what are you talking about?
Windows phone make iphone look stupid!

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