The premise of Windows Phone’s future is dull due to lack of applications. Some attribute it to lack of interest from developers. But why? Because developers hate Microsoft that much? Or because Windows Phone is negligible since it is late in the game? Before I give the answer, let me give the conclusion first: Windows Phone’s future will not be brighter than today.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a lifelong Windows developer. Of course, I don’t hate Microsoft. I have developed on Windows NT, 2000, XP and 7 for Desktop, Web and database applications. Recent years, I started to develop mobile apps with IOS first, then, Android using Windows 7.
I love what I am doing now and my Web site and mobile app for IOS and Android is up running happily. So, I thought it is time to move my mobile app to Windows Phone platform. But I can’t. And I can’t even learn Windows Phone development. The reason is that you can only write new Windows Phone applications on Windows 8.
So, basically, Microsoft doesn’t want millions of mobile developers to write Windows Phone apps simply because they use Windows 7! Giving the slim share of Windows 8, no wonder there are not many Windows Phone apps.
To me, the decision is very simple: I have to hold off Windows Phone development for a while until I have time and money. I don’t want to make my life more difficult.
So, it is not that developers don’t want to write Windows Phone apps, but that Microsoft restrains developers to write Windows Phone apps. This mistake may cost Windows Phone and Nokia!
- Nokia Not Happy with Microsoft’s Slow Windows Phone 8 Progress (thelazygeeks.com)
- Nokia Exec Pleads For Microsoft To Get Better Windows Phone Apps (macgasm.net)
- Nokia says Windows Phone major app ports matter of “when,” not “if” (pocketnow.com)