Why Microsoft paying large sums of money may actually slow the arrival of headline apps on Windows Phone

imageWe know Microsoft and Nokia has been begging and cajoling companies like Instagram to bring their apps to Windows Phone, and many readers have said Microsoft should just bite the bullet and pay Facebook whatever is required to bring the app to the platform.

The trouble with that is that this is very much akin to paying out a ransom or giving in to extortion – once companies see that they could be richly rewarded by Microsoft for bringing their app to Windows Phone they may very well just decide to hold off porting to the growing platform until Microsoft is desperate enough to pay them off.

The end result would be even less popular apps coming to Windows Phone, while developers ignore the moderate pay-out from selling to the close to 40 million Windows Phone users in favour of a few millions dollars from Microsoft directly.

Do our readers agree paying off developers like Instagram could backfire? Let us know below.