Windows Phone dev revenues up 100% after WP8 release

A tweet from Todd Grix, the senior developer of the Windows Phone Apps Team, has revealed that Microsoft developer revenue and app downloads have gone up 100% since the launch of Windows Phone 8.

Grix noted (below): “If you build it, they will come.” This might be a little bit optimistic given previous Windows Phone adoption figures, but it appears the future is looking a little brighter for Microsoft.

If IDC figures are anything to go by, Windows Phone has been on something of a slump after a...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft.

Windows 8 app submission process may need a few tweaks

Developer cries foul after his app was sent back a number of times, but was his complaint fair?

With the whirlwind surrounding Microsoft at present – the Windows 8 release, today’s announcement of Windows Phone 8 among others – it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement.

One man who cut through the hype, however, was Jeffrey Harmon; a developer whose app, photo viewer Memorylage, had failed validation in Microsoft’s app store six times with no apparent explanation as...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft.

What's getting devs all excited about Windows 8?

Windows 8 appears to have gone down very well with enterprise app developers, according to a new piece of research from IDC and Appcelerator.

In its latest quarterly study, Appcelerator reported that almost a third of developers said they were interested in creating apps for Windows 8 in the near future; interesting numbers for a product not yet even commercially available.

Over 43% of respondents described Microsoft’s new Metro...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft shows how to port iPad apps to Windows 8

Microsoft is on a mission to woo iPad developers as it seeks to bolster its app ecosystem ahead of the launch of Windows 8.

Having learned a hard lesson with WP7 that the success or failure of a platform hinges on the availability of apps, the firm said that on high roller apps, it would pay 80% of app download revenue to developers.

“With successful apps on Windows, you'll make more money than the industry standard, earning 80% of every customer dollar, after an app makes more than $25,000...

By Matt Henkes, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft.

Windows Phone Marketplace gains interest as it hits 40,000 app mark

Over 40,000 applications have been submitted into Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace, with 10,000 coming from different publishers, according to unofficial figures.

The blog, All About Windows Phone, estimated that two thirds of submissions were free apps, with 23% being paid. Apps taht offer a free trial before payment covers 9% of the store. On average, 165 apps are added into the app store every day.

Research also found that the app store could reach the 50,000 mark during the second or third week of January next year. If the rate grows further, the figure could be met by the end of the year.

This shows that developer and...

By Dani Millward, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft.

Nokia launches Windows Phone

Nokia have launched two new Windows Phone handsets as well as new Symbian devices at Nokia World this week.

Nokia launched its comeback bid in London today – the struggling mobile phone manufacturer unveiled two new Windows Phone handsets, running the latest version of the software and aimed at the midrange of the market, as well as new handsets based on its aging Symbian operating system.

The new devices (Nokia Lumina 800 and Nokia Lumina 710) will be the first since Nokia CEO Stephen...

By 3Squared, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Microsoft.

New private distribution options in WP7 Apps Hub update

Microsoft has announced the rollout of the anticipated update for WP7 Apps Hub, providing developers with a number of new features and private distribution options.

The Hub has been updated with new markets, distribution options and enhanced apps and account management capabilities. "Today we are officially announcing the rollout of the new App Hub developer portal with key new functionality, multiple enhancements and support for several new markets," said the firm on its developer blog.

“The...

By Matt Henkes, 21 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft.

WP7 Marketplace passes 25,000 apps

The number of apps available on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now exceeds 25,000, according to WindowsPhoneAppList.

While this number is currently no challenge currently to the market leaders, it is impressive given that WP7 devices are still mostly in their infancy.

A new line of swanky Nokia Windows phones may still be over the horizon, but the fact that the platform appears to be gaining ground, however slowly, on the likes of Android and iOS may raise a few eyebrows.

Microsoft has been actively promoting its platform...

By Matt Henkes, 05 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.