Microsoft Incents Developers for Windows Phone Apps

Windows Phone 7Microsoft is determined to make Windows Phone a bigger part of the mobile space, so much so that it’s willing to pay developers to create apps for its platform, according to the New York Times.

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Many developers don’t write apps for Windows Phone because they don’t want to spend time and money on a market that hasn’t really developed. Among its incentives, Microsoft is promising free phones, high placement in its app store and Windows Phone advertising for those that do.

The company’s already paid third-party developers to write versions of popular apps for for Foursquare, Facebook and Cheezberger Network. Ben Huh, Cheezberger’s CEO, told the Times that Microsoft “made it very easy for us. They took care of everything,” during development of its Windows Phone app.

Windows Phone currently has more than 70,000 apps in its app store, but Apple has about 600,000 and Android nearly 400,000. Numerous popular apps are missing from Windows Phone including Pandora, Instagram (just bought by Facebook) and games by Zynga.

Some developers may find that Microsoft will pay a significant amount for competing apps. An article in ZDnet revealed that Microsoft may create a mechanism to protect the investment of brand-name companies like Pandora if they create apps.

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  1. Don’t believe a word of this crap untill they put the money in your bank account ahead of time… I have ‘Willingly Worked with Microsoft’ in many forms from beta testing to development programs such as BizSpark….

    The final results: They made millions of dollars on my ‘IDEAS and Research’ which was in the stages of development and design overnight. I never saw a single cent… But did get free use of thier softwear…

    AZURE, XAML, and thier Application Hyper-Visor systems are examples of such ideas….I even showed they how to make a HACK Proof operating system simply because I was tired of the intrusions and evassive number and quanity of HACKERS ‘UNKOWN OPERATORS’ on my systems…

    I even personally wrote the prototype of WinForms XAML Wrapper… Which they perfected, and I did get paid by a company while in development… I have no stock, and it’s not doing a damn thing for me today is it?

    Don’t get me wrong when//if Scott Guthrie takes control of M.S. Operations as a Corporation, it’s going to be a whole new Microsoft, one that may have some Integerity and honestly offer the users some privacy and security…

    That day has not arrived yet…and I wouldn’t bite an Apple ever again either… Last time I did I had to put my eye ball back into socket…. REALLY! Take a look at the 2600 and L.O.D. War Games is no Joke!