Windows Phone 8 gains early developer interest

A survey by R.W. Braid of 200 mobile developers, mostly from North America and Europe,  show Windows Phone 8 has sparked increased interest in developing for Windows Phone.

According to the survey 20% of the developers are already developing for Windows Phone 7, but seventy-one percent of developers say Microsoft’s recent Windows Phone 8 strategy announcement increased their interest in the platform.

Two-thirds of respondents also said a common code base across Windows Phone 8 (WP8) and Windows 8 for PCs is the most exciting feature of the new OS, and sixty-four percent were upbeat about Microsoft Surface, the tablet computer family based on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

In contrast developer interest in Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 has plummeted, with the survey noting:

After seeming to stabilize last quarter, the developer’s long-term view of BlackBerry 10 continued its slide this quarter, falling to 3.8 from 4.6 in the previous quarter. BlackBerry OS outlook plummets. In Q2 the outlook for BB OS declined to 2.8 from 3.8, the largest decline for BB OS since we started the survey in 2010.


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