Developers love Nokia Windows Phone 7 move

These guys love Nokia running Windows Phone

While the market has not greeted Nokia’s adoption of Windows phone 7 with open arms, developers have no such reservation.

“So Nokia’s decision to adopt Windows Phone 7 is a great thing for the industry of app developers because instead of having to build five times you only have to build four times” said Andrew Osis, CEO of Poynt Corp, who’s voice-driven search app is already in Marketplace.

“Nokia’s [Symbian] platform was and is probably the most difficult to develop against for a number of legacy reasons,”  continued Osis.

“As an app developer the excitement lies in less platforms to have to worry about,” said Brad Murray, Poynt’s vice president of technology.

Nokia’s global reach also impressed developers.

“[Nokia’s] share in North America is small but they are a global leader and now developers have a better channel to tap into the opportunity,” said Kunal Gupta, chief executive of Toronto-based mobile software developer Polar Mobile.

“This move will accelerate the global opportunity for Canadian mobile software developers, as you will see Windows Phone 7-powered Nokia smartphones get strong distribution in countries in Europe and Asia where the likes of Apple and RIM do not compete as strongly against Nokia.”

Dale Fallon, director of mobile for ScoreMedia Inc.,said he was “elated” by the news.

“[Previously] we had been looking at Windows Phone 7 as primarily a North American play, which is nice for us, but we were debating on whether to move forward with a non-North American product (an app appealing specifically to soccer fans) wondering if it will be significant [globally],” Mr. Fallon said. “So now the answer is clearly yes.”

“Anything that is international will want to deal on Windows Phone 7 in anticipation of those devices getting to market in the next year,” he said.

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