Hopefully a canary in the coal mine, Retain Release has tweeted their intent to bring their iPhone apps, which concentrate mainly on exercise and health, to Windows Phone 7.
As evidence of increasing confidence in the operating system’s chances, they tweeted “Windows Phone 7 will be a runner. It will do well.” and continued that they would develop for the new OS in preference to the burgeoning Android Marketplace.
The development is interesting, as certainly Windows Phone 7 will be a much smaller market for a long time compared to the millions of Android devices already in the hands of consumers. On the other hand, there is a great benefit to being the first in a new and uncrowded market, unlike both the iPhone and Android application stores, and with Windows Phone 7 being so easy to develop for, there is really no reason developer should not be porting at the very least their simpler apps to the OS.
Of course key to this conversion was the availability of Windows Phone 7 developer handsets, and we would like to use this opportunity to raise the plight of Irish developers, who apparently are notÂ receivingÂ any developer handsets at all, and have to attend Microsoft labs and share only two Windows phone handsets to debug their apps. Of course this is not the way to win developers over at all. (Thanks Paul for that tip)
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