Microsoft addresses Nokia devs, suggest they continue developing for Symbian

The biggest issue with the Microsoft/Nokia deal is the transition period, which will see Nokia asking developers to do two contradictory things – support Symbian which Nokia still hopes to sell 150 million handsets of, and transition to Windows Phone 7 when the phones eventually become available.

It seems Microsoft is joining Nokia in the plea, with Matt Bencke, General Manager of Windows Phone and Marketplace, making the same request to Symbian developers.

While many have expressed concern about Symbian developers not transitioning to WP7, we do actually have to question whether this is in fact necessary – with more than 28,000 registered devs, a million SDK downloads and the ability to leverage a large base of .Net, Silverlight and XNA experienced devs,  we already see the Windows Phone 7 marketplace overtake the Symbian Ovi store in size by the time Nokia’s first WP7 handsets ship.

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