Microsoft’s Mobile Acceleration Weeks Will Accelerate Startups To Make Windows Phone Apps

Last week Microsoft held an event in New York called Mobile Acceleration Week. Its an event where hands-on training and support to build Windows Phone apps were given to 12 startups. Some of the startups already have their mobile apps on other platforms such as iOS and some of them have decided to build a Windows Phone app after this event. I think this is the right way to court startups to develop for Windows Phone platform.

Apps like Flipboard, Instagram, Oink, etc are built by startups and they focus only on iOS for now. We need such interesting apps on our platform. As Microsoft is planning to conduct a series of Mobile Acceleration Weeks that take place worldwide, we can expect a bunch of new apps from iOS that are quite popular along with some new interesting apps on our platform.

Here are some of the apps coming to Windows Phone soon,

Flud:

Flud has built in a prominent social layer, allowing users to see what their friends read in a dedicated feed, and check out user profiles, too. I won’t spoil the surprise for all the features, as I’m sure that’ll be announced very soon, but you can expect to see the same features that are coming to Mango on iOS very soon, as well.

Get-A-Game

You may recognize Get-A-Game from your iPhone, but if not perhaps it’ll catch your eye over on the Windows platform. The app allows users to locate a pick-up game for any sport in real-time, while offering sporting goods services and stores to market promotions directly to users on the Get-A-Game map.

GateGuru

As of right now, the app offers up airport directories, ratings and reviews for shops within the airports, social media sharing, itinerary management, wait times for security lines, and reviews/tips for airports. When it launches on Windows Phone, the new and improved GateGuru version 3.0 will include flight status info, push notifications, baggage claim info, food ordering and delivery, and transit-related features.

Taap.it

Shop much? If so, you should definitely get acquainted with Taap.it. The app lets users check in to items rather than places, at which point users can purchase the item and rate it. It’s a Foursquare of sorts, but instead of getting points for being somewhere, you get Taap.it points for interacting with individual items, whether it be an entree on a menu or a pair of shoes at the FootLocker.

You can read more on this at TechCrunch.

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