Windows Phone 7’s Apps Ecosystem – a 90 Day Race?
This is from an interview with the outgoing Microsoft person, Charlie Kindel, who’s job is to build the mobile app ecosystem for Windows Mobile 7:
Q: How do you feel about the state of the Windows Phone developer ecosystem at this point, and Windows Phone overall?
Kindel: I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished. When we started we knew it was a marathon, not a sprint. In my view, the first release represented the first leg of the marathon. We clearly got through that leg in a very credible way. We have close to 27,000 apps in the marketplace, the best toolset, and amazingly high customer satisfaction. We would not have gotten to the table with Nokia if they didn’t believe we were in the race to win long term. We’re now in the middle phase of the marathon. This is where Microsoft’s stamina genes will come into play.
27,000 apps sounds good. But when the iOS has 300 apps released per day, that means it only takes Apple’s system 90 days to add another 27,000 apps. Microsoft need more that just stamina now, they need a Cambrian explosion in their ecosystem.