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Thursday, July 28, 2011

More Details On The App Hub Enhancements

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...month-away.aspx

"We know there's tremendous excitement among the developer community, with tens-of-thousands of you already using the beta tools and a significant increase in new developer registrations over the past couple of months. More importantly, we're hearing from you directly and learning about some of the new and creative ideas you're bringing to life through Mango. The combination of new platform capabilities such as multitasking and hardware accelerated IE9 with the new opportunities that come from our partnership with Nokia and expansion to twice as many consumer markets is attracting a new wave of Windows Phone developers. These are also some of the reasons that firms like Gartner are *forecasting end users open OS sales in excess of 600 million units by 2015 for Windows Phone."

Last week we had a link to a short posting about the App Hub enhancements for developers. The Read link below will send you over to The Windows Phone Developer Blog which goes into lots of detail about what is included in the enhancements. There are effectively three categories of enhancements: geographic expansion, new private distribution options, and enhanced application management. If you are already into Windows Phone 7 development, or are planning to get into it, then the linked posting has lots of useful information for you.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Perspective: The Best Apps To Load On Your WP7 Device

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/t...one-7.html?_r=1

"Some people make it a big deal that Apple has 425,000 apps and Android has, by some counts, 250,000. But would you want a television with 400,000 channels or just 100 great ones? The Windows Phone 7 platform has "only" 25,000 apps, and that number will quickly grow once Nokia, one of the most popular handset makers, starts producing devices for the platform later this year. Already, though, the phones are good, if you mix in the right apps."

OK, this will necessarily be somewhat subjective, but Bob Tedeschi over at The New York Times website has published his personal "best of" app list and it's quite fun to read through. There are the standard favorites you would expect to see, like Facebook and Evernote, but there are a couple of apps I have not heard of. You'll have to hit the Read link to see the complete list, but it's worth a few minutes to read through and possibly try out the recommendations.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Improved WP7 App Pricing For Australian Users

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 AM

http://www.1800pocketpc.com/2011/07...w-0-99-aud.html

"With the new App Hub launch there seems to be a better price structure for apps and games at least for Australian users. Kudos to Chris Walsh for the find. It seems $0.99 USD apps are now $0.99 AUD. Couple of days ago we talked about the pricing of Apps and Games on the Marketplace. We used to pay AU$1.18 ( roughly US$1.25 ) for a US$0.99 App but now it seems we have to pay only AU$0.99 ( US$1.05 ), which is awesome!!"

Our Australian friends may be seeing a nice nice development in WP7 app pricing. According to the linked article, prices are seeing a slight decrease. While not a huge savings, every bit helps. Comments posted on the article suggest price drops may also be occurring in other regions.


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