Despite being impressed by the design of Windows Phone 7 models, it was uncertain whether or not Microsoft would be successful in the age of iOS and Android devices (which unfortunately capture most of the media’s attention).
Although the company has yet to release any sale figures for their phones, developers are excited about Windows Phone 7 (as one can tell by the number of apps debuted Â at launch).
Windows Phone 7 is now available at AT&T and T-Mobile retailers across the United States. Iâ€™m pleased to announce that as of today, Windows Phone 7 customers in launch markets around the world already have access to nearly 2,000 apps and games â€“ exceeding the 1,000 mark we set in early October. Iâ€™m also happy to report that Marketplace is fully open to submissions from any of our 13,000 registered developers in the 30 supported markets. […]
Weâ€™veÂ added to a great set of free Windows Phone Developer Tools that have already been downloaded well over half-a-million times, delivered a brand new developer portal dubbed App Hub that brings app and Xbox indie game developer resources together and have now made Marketplace available to all registered developers to help get their apps to market. Â (Windows Phone Developer Blog)
To help sweeten the deal, Microsoft is also unveiling an in-app ad solution as well, which should give developers an extra incentive to develop for Windows Phone 7.
Although 2,000 apps is a far cry from both iOS and Android, the fact that Windows Phone 7 debuted with more apps than their rivals at launch could signal Microsoft as a viable contender in the smart phone wars.
Unfortunately Microsoft’s success could signal the beginning of the end for both Palm and Blackberry, as both platforms have been struggling to attract developers upon their respective devices.
Right now Microsoft’s current success depends upon how many units they are able to sell to consumers, and while no one expects the company to reach Goliath figures (i.e. 200,000 daily activations), we could see Windows Phone 7 secure the bronze behind iOS and Android, respectively.
(Hat Tip: BGR)